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    Quote Originally Posted by ngtwolf View Post
    I've never seen a vic chip that wasn't socketed also.
    I've seen a C64 with no sockets at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ngtwolf View Post
    I've never seen a vic chip that wasn't socketed also.
    I have a 64C with nothing socketed. Very sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpiguy2 View Post
    I have a 64C with nothing socketed. Very sad.
    Not really. These machines far exceeded their intended lifetime. By the time they eliminated the sockets, there was little reason to use them, and profit margins were likely very low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KC9UDX View Post
    I've seen a C64 with no sockets at all.
    Quote Originally Posted by rpiguy2 View Post
    I have a 64C with nothing socketed. Very sad.
    Quote Originally Posted by KC9UDX View Post
    Not really. These machines far exceeded their intended lifetime. By the time they eliminated the sockets, there was little reason to use them, and profit margins were likely very low.
    Ahh, learn something new every day. I had only acquired breadboard c64's... I guess more of a reason to avoid the newer ones.
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    The newer ones do seem to be more reliable (maybe only because they are newer, but I think even when they were manufactured this was true). And soldering/desoldering is a very valuable skill for anyone acquiring old electronics.

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    A few chips on my C64 250407 Rev. C NTSC board are socketed (VIC-II, SID, and one of the CIAs). Planning on socketing every chip on the board in case I want to upgrade the KERNAL ROM to JiffyDOS (with a switch to go between JiffyDOS and CBM BASIC), or use an EasyFlash 3 cartridge with the JiffyDOS on there, if it's possible. Luckily, my unit works without issues. Also, my soldering skills aren't that great either. My guess is the RF modulator might be going out.

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