[Coco] Coco and airport xray
dave at davebiz.com
Sat Apr 7 17:42:59 EDT 2018
I read and article by Dr. Marty Goodman once that stated that EPROMS
could be erased with xrays. I think he mentioned that this could be
used as a way to erase a one-time programmable EPROM which normally
cannot be erased since it has no window. I also assume that, being a
doctor, he had access to equipment that allowed him to test/try this.
But I think the strength and exposure time of airport xray machines
would probably not be enough to cause a problem. With UV erasable
EPROMs it takes somewhere around 10-15 minutes exposure to a fairly
strong UV light to erase the EPROM. I experimented with using direct
sunlight to erase an EPROM and it took some weeks of exposure during the
summertime when UV exposure is higher to erase the EPROM.
As a side note, many people including myself, regularly fly with
notebook computers and we've never had problems (that I know of) with
floppies, EPROMs, or any of the internal electrical components of the
On 4/7/2018 3:31 PM, rietveld rietveld wrote:
> Hi. I have to fly to thunderbay. I am bringing a Coco with me for my son. Will the airport xray have any negative effect on the ROM or RAM or floppy disks?
> Sent from my BlackBerry Passport Red Edition.
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