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Chris2005
June 7th, 2006, 02:41 PM
********WARNING: SENSELESS DRIVEL TO FOLLOW BLEC************

While awaiting delivery of my Canon AS-100 puter (actually waiting for alot of months now...), I decided to do a search for any stuph related to this fabled machine. And of course, my mention of it in the most magnificent Yahoo group you could ever imagine

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Tandy2000/

shows up as one of the few dozen hits related to it. I recently changed the picture on the home page, and despite the obvious attention grabber in the picture, it is totally on topic (Kipper is perched atop the cpu and monitor of a Victor 9000, although it might not be obvious). So there's my boy, there for all the world to see and admire. Possibly not the most extravagant looking cat in existence, but a true blue pal nonetheless. If you happen to run into him out doors, and if it's the first he's seen of you that day, he bugs you to pick him up (like how many cats actually enjoy being picked up?), and if you put him down too soon, he still bugs so you can wuv him up a little more. A truly great guy. Finally receiving the internet recognition he deserves!

DimensionDude
June 7th, 2006, 03:01 PM
My, what a big cat! Just had to post this pic of my sister's cat. I was in the process of building a new computer for a guy and also repairing a balky monitor. This is the result.

atari2600a
June 7th, 2006, 03:03 PM
Is it safe having a huge CRT case open like that next to a cat?

Chris2005
June 7th, 2006, 03:28 PM
yeah, some of those caps could have lethal charges stored, even for humans. Dopey cats get into everything besides.
And Kipper is basically averaged sized, a little on the chunky side though. That monitor is an old, 12 or 13" diagonally.

Terry Yager
June 7th, 2006, 03:43 PM
Here, kitty, kitty,*POOF*...kitty???

--T

atari2600a
June 7th, 2006, 03:56 PM
It'd die of electricution, not spontanious combustion. It'd be more along the lines of "here kitty kit---*asdhopfqwerjfklqwfasefqwefwesdafasdf* Oh well, there goes another one"

Well, I have alot of cats, & I get at least 2 litters of kittens each year, so I deal with alot of dead kittens, so sorry if the kitty-electricution-thing offended anyone.

Unknown_K
June 7th, 2006, 03:56 PM
You have to be carefull with Kitties around wiring, they tend to chew it. I lost a few wallwarts and a couple KVM cables to one of my cats when it was under a year old (lucky for it they were low voltage DC).

The only other thing about cats is finding a hairball on top of a computer case in the basement once a year or so.

DimensionDude
June 7th, 2006, 04:03 PM
Monitors usually bleed off pretty quickly, there was no audible snap when I discharged that crt. Besides, Kittykat wasn't interested in the monitor, only the housing. Oh, and the empty box in the background.

We had a cat in the TV repair shop I used to work in. We'd find him *inside* working TVs with his fur standing straight out. Called him "Static."

Apologies to Chris for hijacking his thread. :)

Kent

Chris2005
June 7th, 2006, 04:12 PM
Dude...no problem. To know Kipper is to love Kipper. But if ya don't know him, how much can you talk about him?
Some crts can snap pretty good I'm led to believe. Caps in general should be regarded with extreme caution (I'm almost spelled cation LOL). People have DIED by sticking their hands under benches in electronic shops and whatnot. Some of the things are the size of coke cans and can pack a wallop. I would think it conceivably would take something correspondingly less to injure/ snuph a kitty snifful.

atari2600a
June 7th, 2006, 04:18 PM
Don't the CRT's themselves act as capacitors? Plus, you're dealing w/ a huge vaccum tube, so there's the possibility of implosion. How'd that TV chop shop cat survive inside a TV w/o having to die of one of the above posted possible deaths?

DimensionDude
June 7th, 2006, 05:07 PM
Don't the CRT's themselves act as capacitors? Plus, you're dealing w/ a huge vaccum tube, so there's the possibility of implosion. How'd that TV chop shop cat survive inside a TV w/o having to die of one of the above posted possible deaths?

Yes, indeed. Anode voltage on a big CRT is upwards of 20,000 volts. Sometimes the charge doesn't bleed off in a reasonable amount of time. I usually discharge the CRT before working on a tv or monitor by connecting a jumper wire to a long, thin screwdriver. Push the tip of the screwdriver under the HV connector and sometimes you'll hear a nasty *SNAP*. Leave it there for 15 seconds or so to make sure that it's completely discharged.

It takes a pretty good lick to break a CRT, I've seen 'em with the neck broken off and they didn't implode. All bets are off, however, if it takes a hit on the side.

Don't know how the cat survived, maybe he was an electric cat (an improvement over the wood-burning cats). :wink:

Kent

atari2600a
June 7th, 2006, 07:23 PM
Can you explain once more the discharge thing? You stick a long screwdriver where & the screw driver's connected to a wire that's connected to what?

Edit: Nevermind, I understand completely now!

Man, you got to love those wood-burning cats!

atari2600a
June 7th, 2006, 08:46 PM
...By the way, just as a note, I've been electricuted by either the PCB for a CRT or from the CRT itself before.

I was attempting to repair a previous arcade machine. I found it during neigborhood cleanup, the Jamma harness was unusable, the cabinet & CRT (later) suffered massive rain damage. I stripped it of anything useful & it was thrown away.

I think it was just from a capacitor. It didn't feel like 120V, which I get to have the thrill of feeling about every 2 months. It felt more like 220V. (I've been to Egypt, They use European outlets...yeah, be careful when you plug something in there. No 5mm of plastic surrounding the connectors on plugs there.) I think it was from a capacitor, since I suffered no neurodamage or anything, I just started crying 10 seconds later (As I do when after a 220V electricution), nothing serious.

carlsson
June 7th, 2006, 11:09 PM
I'm not sure I could differentiate 110 or 220V. If you got a shock from the CRT, it could just as well have been several thousand volts. As long as the power is only a fraction of an Ampere, it wouldn't be so bad. I think immobilizer stun guns operate at least in the 5,000-10,000 V range (but I can't be bothered to look it up).

I've got shocks from a live CRT too, while adjusting potentiometers. But one of the worst shocks I ever got was from a faulty power supply which was closed shut and I stupidly rested one hand on top of the power supply while plugging in the power. *zzap* *ouch* *nasty words*

DimensionDude
June 8th, 2006, 12:52 AM
I discovered the hard way that the house I previously lived in had all the outlets wired wrong. I was attaching the tv cable to my brand new tv tuner card in my computer. Touched the connecting nut of the cable (true earth ground) and my computer (surprisingly live) at the same time.

In the US, outlets are polarized by having a wide slot and a narrow slot. The narrow slot is supposed to be the live one, the wide slot is neutral. Every outlet in that house had the live wire on the wide slot. Ouch!

Kent

atari2600a
June 8th, 2006, 09:15 AM
What kind of retard built your house!? So...Has anyone tried to scare someone by sticking a screwdriver in the ground hole on an outlet? I always freak people out by doing that.

Also, once I was electricuted by a cap in a friends projection TV (Which I was trying to fix) When it happened, I was so used to being electicuted that I just went. "I think it might be one of these fuses, let's try taking each out indivisu--*Zap* Ah, Indivisually &..." (I completed the sentence directly after) The skin that got electricuted started bleeding a minute later.