I was looking around the net for info that explains the differences in the revisions of the Platinum //e motherboards.
I have 4 of them right now, revisions, D,E, and F. And I'm wondering what the differences are. Visually, some of the minor parts like resistors and capacitors are different colors or slightly different shapes. But that could be simply because of suppliers and what was available for production.
The rev letter is stamped right above slot 5.
Granted, the //e Platinum is the most cheapest of the 2 series. It may also be the most reliable and durable due to lower parts count and even lesser socket count.
Also, does anyone know why they soldered in the IOU and not the MMU? Why not both? Why not leave them socketed. Same goes for the other chips. Some are socketed and some not. I can understand sockets for the CPU and Keyboard controller and its Rom and the VCG.
There are also some basic gates of the LS series that are socketed. And some not.
Basically, what determined whether a chip got a socket or not?