A couple of weeks ago I decided to watch a video on restoring a C64. There was something in particular I wanted to see, which I can't remember at the moment, but a search led me to the C64 video. At the end of the video they attached heat sinks to all the majoy IC's. I'd never thought of it before, and I decided I was going to do that to my 1200XL.
Not that I've noticed a lot of heat from it other than the heat-sink, but with all the upgrades I've added and will continue to add, I felt it might be a good idea to do the heat-sink mod. Plus it looks cool. But now, after reading this thread I see that the heat-sink mod on the c64 was more necessary than precautionary!
I had a c64 for a short stint about a decade ago, a restoration subject, and I don't recall anything being overly hot, but I'd only play with it for like 20 min. at a time and I sold it after a few months.
I already added a home-made aluminum foil heat sink to my AtariMax Rambo board's GAL chip as I did notice it was hot. I also plan on installing a small 5V cooling fan to my 1200XL. All for longevity. Maybe it's overkill, but it's my hobby so...
Edited by Gunstar, Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:41 AM.