Why one should use sockets in development machines

Now It’s not easy to trace a +v 0v short on a board if it’s the main chip and if it is you have to remove it.

After the following there is no longer a short …

Let us just acknowledge that there are a LOT of pins on an MCP23017…
( don’t worry I have replacements…)


Wow :open_mouth:
Did it melt off?

I just was asking myself why @wyleu would want so many PCBs …
Now i’m starting to understand …

The best!


BTW, @C0d3man, a new competitor has entered the batterfield, and @wyleu’s tablecloth should be considered a hard rival!! OMG … and it’s soooo british!! :grin:

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This is the 12C over sockets machine’a encoders that I have been plugging and unplugging fairly viciously and this appears to be the result. The MCP23017 seems to fail with a pretty solid short circuit from +Vdc to 0V and it’s removal is ‘difficult’. I’ve used the old trick of levering from one end and continually melting the solder on the pins which I have used before ( I’ve even reused 16 pin CMOS IC’s after doing this in student times when getting hold of chips was a little more involved than amazon…)

IT’s the first time I’ve tried it with a 28 pin beastie and it’s also the first time I’ve seen inside a DIL package . . .

Not entirely sure the board is going to survive this process.

I have ripped whole pads/traces off with a desoldering pump, so I think you are doing pretty well :muscle:

Building analog synths in 741’s on veroboard taught me well!!