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'[OT] Fake components?'
Fake components have been around for many years. There are even cheap Chinese PIC clones.
Tamas Rudnai wrote:
> I've never thought that it could happen.
This is actually fairly common.
I know it happens a lot in the computer memory market.
There was a huge amount of ram chips that were marked as being made by
samsung, yet when the chips
were tested were actual found to be generics with a samsung label.
> I know it happens a lot in the computer memory market
And batteries. Eh Russell ?
This is the cheekiest one I've heard of lately
Fake battery-less torch
Cat no. ST3342 at http://www.jaycar.co.nz
I've got a proper one, very handy
> There was a huge amount of ram chips that were marked as being
> made by samsung, yet when the chips were tested were actual
> found to be generics with a samsung label
Someone got busted in Auckland a few years ago selling RAM chips
that were actually empty.
Alan B. Pearce
>Someone got busted in Auckland a few years ago
>selling RAM chips that were actually empty.
When I was at secondary school (way back in the 60's) someone was attempting
to sell OC71/OC72 transistors at very good prices. turned out they were bits
of plastic with 3 wires sticking out and no internal connection ...
Alan B. Pearce wrote:
> When I was at secondary school (way back in the 60's) someone was attempting
> to sell OC71/OC72 transistors at very good prices. turned out they were bits
> of plastic with 3 wires sticking out and no internal connection ...
Yeah, in the 70s in Italy there used to be "2N3055" fake in the fact
that they were old germanium Transistor ...
Only people who owned a good Analyzer could spot them!
This isn't components (well, it's about "a" component), but just
shows how a company will fiddle customers and then try to weasel
out of it. Been in the news here all week
The story is of the Vitamin C content of GlaxoSmithKlein's Ribena,
and the company's reaction to it all is simply shameful
Background - two schoolgirls find Ribena has no discernable Vitamin
C. The label says "Blackcurrants have 4 times the Vitamin C of oranges"
but the label doesn't actually say anything about the contents of "this"
bottle. Very misleading
What GSK now say is the real reason there's no Vitamin C in it. Just
incredibly phony, dubious (if not an out-and-out lie) and blantant buck-
And a say-nothing statement
'[OT] Fake components?'
Jinx <joecolquitt <at> clear.net.nz> writes:
> Someone got busted in Auckland a few years ago selling RAM chips
> that were actually empty.
There used to be motherboards with 'cache' chips which were empty. You had to
look up the part numbers to find out. These were synchronous cache 'chips' gull
wing smd, large, soldered near the cpu.
I also got fake LM386 (oscillates at about 8 MHz in standard circuit) and fake
TDA2030 (oscillates at ~3 MHz).
Peter P. wrote:
> There used to be motherboards with 'cache' chips which were empty. You had to
> look up the part numbers to find out. These were synchronous cache 'chips' gull
> wing smd, large, soldered near the cpu.
Yeah, you're right!!
>From: mit.edu [ piclist-bouncesmit.edu] piclist-bounces
>On Behalf Of Peter P.
>Sent: 01 April 2007 10:52
>Subject: Re: [OT] Fake components?
>Jinx <joecolquitt <at> clear.net.nz> writes:
>> Someone got busted in Auckland a few years ago selling RAM
>> were actually empty.
>There used to be motherboards with 'cache' chips which were
>empty. You had to look up the part numbers to find out. These
>were synchronous cache 'chips' gull wing smd, large, soldered
>near the cpu.
Yep, I had one. I think it was a Socket 7 board, and the defunct cache chips were pretty obvious as the PCB traces didn't actualy connect to anything!
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I remember being told this one by a TV repair guy. Some new guy comes
to town and offers walkman power adapters for Rs 40/- which was about
a fourth of the market price then. People buy it in huge numbers and a
couple of days later the complaints start coming in. By this time the
salesman has left town. The local electronics repair people open it up
and find dummy pins with two AAA cells inside the casing. :)
On 3/30/07, Jinx <clear.net.nz> wrote: joecolquitt
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