[TAG] cdrom problem
ben at callahans.org
Tue May 18 03:46:29 MSD 2004
On Mon, May 17, 2004 at 06:51:40PM -0400, Jay R. Ashworth wrote:
> On Mon, May 17, 2004 at 03:36:35PM -0700, Rick Moen wrote:
> > Quoting Jason Creighton (androflux at softhome.net):
> > > Really, the only hardware I can think of that might be damaged by
> > > software would be some old fixed-frequency (right term?) monitors. What
> > > else was there?
> > Recently, there were some really bad "LG" (formerly Goldstar) CD-ROM
> > drives, but that episode was really a fluke.
> > (Occasionally, one hears rumours about software that somehow pokes
> > EEPROM chips so as to erase or overwrite them, but I can't cite details.)
> And, as I noted, there was the famous Halt and Catch Fire instruction.
> >From the Jargon file:
> Mnemonic for 'Halt and Catch Fire', any of several undocumented
> and semi-mythical machine instructions with destructive
> side-effects, supposedly included for test purposes on several
> well-known architectures going as far back as the IBM 360. The
> MC6800 microprocessor was the first for which an HCF opcode became
> widely known. This instruction caused the processor to toggle a
> subset of the bus lines as rapidly as it could; in some
> configurations this could actually cause lines to burn up. Compare
> killer poke.
Ah-ha! Cool, it's been immortalized. :)
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