Took me over two years from buying a pair of these 80s era video display processor chips to being able to verify that actually I might not be too stupid to use them, because they're 100% fake (verified electrically against values from known working chips published online)

worst of all, a video came out a year later about this practice of relabeling chips as something more expensive, and it's *specifically* about these TMS VDPs

hopefully the rest of the cheaper components weren't worth faking? now I doubt every integrated circuit in the house

@voxel shoulda just got them from a vending machine. like a normal person.

@voxel Ugh, I hate that. I bought some "new old stock" bipolar PROMs… and they had all been programmed already. They're write-once. welp.

@ieure @voxel Thought process was probably, "Well, you didn't specify that they had to be empty!" 🤦‍♀️

Years ago, I never would have thought that counterfeit components would ever have to be a thing worth worrying about. It's always rough to read about people who purchase parts in good faith and get trash in return.

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