Overheated consoles not really new…

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Overheated consoles not really new…

64Airship reminds us that overheated new gaming systems, like the Xbox 360s aren’t really that new, take a trip down console gaming past…“Early Commomdore 64s had a similar problem with overheating brick power supplies. Commodore ended up beefing up the power supply dramatically. In the meantime, a healthy 3rd party market sprang up for replacement power supplies. Maybe Microsoft is just trying to stimulate the growth of 3rd party support for the Xbox?” Link.

2 thoughts on “Overheated consoles not really new…

  1. Doc. says:

    Remember the Apple /// as well. The slightly problematic brother of the Apple ][, it overheated a lot, and Apple reccommended picking it up to about a foot above the table, and dropping it to help the chips resettle into the board.

    Also, some 3rd party companies made special fan attachments for the Macintosh (128 or 512k) and for the Mac Plus, both of which were manufactured sans fan.

    Overheating is just a rite of passage in the tech world, methinks. So is electrocuting yourself 3 times in a row on an open PowerMac 6100 while trying to put in another fan to KEEP it from overheating (I knew I shoulda unplugged it, but that was my DEDICATED server…)


  2. xinit says:

    I ran a BBS on one of the original C64 models… burned up two power supplies until I realized my solution was right in front of me. Well, it was right under the computer… the BAR FRIDGE that the 1541 drives sat on top of. Sit the brick inside the fridge, push the door shut, and never had another heat failure.

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