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Old 26 October 2012, 11:40   #53
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Yes, you should never do it.

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Q. I don't like to shut off the A1200 to connect and disconnect joysticks, modems, video and sound samplers, and printers. Can I damage the A1200 by changing these connections with the power on?

A. Yes. Remember that the A1200 design uses chips that are almost all surface-mount, soldered directly to the circuit board. This makes it very reliable, but when you expose it to dangerous behavior (changing connections with power applied), you risk damaging chips that are very difficult to replace and extremely difficult to obtain. Before you switch cables, make sure that power is off to the entire system, including the peripheral you are connecting or disconnecting.
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