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Including repairs of DF1 and DF2 display formatters

IC socket problem

The 7D01, DF1, and DF2 are often affected by bad TI IC sockets.

Tek eventually had to run an unpublicized board exchange program for those instruments due to the high failure failure rates.

Bad ROMs

Piggyback ROM board in place (click to enlarge)

Old mask ROM chips frequently fail, e.g. due to electromigration problems. Unfortunately, the DF1 CPU board uses 2k×8 ROMs with pre-JEDEC pinouts (see Mostek MK31000) so there are no easy in-socket replacements. The expansion ROM in the DF2 should be compatible with a 2516 EPROM.

However, there are pin headers P207, P208, P209 and P210 next to the CPU, originally used to connect the memory daughterboard or a test system, that make it easy to add a small custom piggyback board with a decoder and a more modern E(E)PROM. An 8k×8 chip (2764, 2864) is sufficient to hold the 6kB needed for the DF2. As a bonus, this upgrades a DF1 to a DF2 if the missing front panel key is added as well (pads are present on the PCB). The stock ROM chips must be removed prior to installing the piggyback board.