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Pulling ROM chips

Post by Sorcerio » Sun Feb 17, 2008 1:45 pm

I am wondering if there is a way to pull out ROM chips without damaging (bending) the pins of the old ones you are pulling out. When I upgraded my OS ROMs in my Atari 1040ST I had to pull (pried from underneath at first) them up and out a little on each side, alternating sides until it was ready to come all the way out. The result was that every old chip that got pulled had some bent pins on the last end that was pulled on. Ideally, I would have liked to have pulled straight up, but couldn't see any way of doing that. Is there some kind of ROM pulling tool you can get at Radio Shack? Or maybe a secret technique to doing it?

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Post by Stab Frenzy » Sun Feb 17, 2008 2:18 pm

I use something like this:

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Post by nathanscribe » Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:33 pm

...and Stabs has beat me to it. "Use the proper tools for the job" is a lesson I've learnt too often. IC tools are cheap. Get yourself a puller, an inserter, and a pin-straightener. For the sake of a measly sum, things will be much easier.

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Post by Sorcerio » Sun Feb 17, 2008 5:45 pm

Thanks! Never knew these existed.

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Post by cornutt » Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:50 pm

Funny, I just always use a small screwdriver. Never had any trouble with bending pins.
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