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Questions tagged [repair]

Questions relating to electrical/electronic repair. Questions on the repair of consumer electronics, appliances, or other devices must involve specific troubleshooting steps and demonstrate a good understanding of the underlying design of the device being repaired. Please ensure your questions are somewhat generic in nature so they are likely to help future visitors and not too localized to a specific piece of equipment.

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Component identification, on USB 2.0 data lines

The component i'm trying to identify is on the usb 2.0 D+ and D- lines of a nintendo switch, its got two ground connections and has the letters DUG on it. Can anyone identify this component?
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Would a device with different power rails become one if both rails are shorted to ground

I'm trying to repair a nintendo switch that seems to have multiply shorts to ground. The shorts to ground are on the 3v3 rail and on the 1v8 rail. I seem to be getting continuity between the two ...
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How to repair electronics devices like Mobile, Computers and Laptops…? [closed]

I wanted to know how to repair electronics devices like Mobile, Computers and Laptops. Specifically smartphones. Would you kindly guide me how to do that..? What should I learn to repair electronics.....
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Repair lifted ground pad on power amp

I'm repairing a 250W bass power amp board and one of the problems is that the pads for two ground wires have lifted off the board. It looks like it has had something of a bodge repair done before and ...
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Faulty temperature sensor on PCB - lights keep blinking, how to replace this?

I’ve been working on a broken continuous operating high power LED system - it starts blinking when powered. This was an indication of overheating and it was clear that the cooling fans have stopped ...
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How can I cover PCB burn marks to identify burns later?

I'm repairing a receiver from the 1990s that has a few burn marks on the PCB where a few transistors overheated. After replacing them and any other offending circuitry I'd like to be able to know if ...
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Is it the crystal / quartz?

I have a simple gadget (called "Fridgezoo") that talks when the fridge stays open. I always hated it, but my sentiments are with it (hey, it talks!) so I want to repair it. What's the problem? It ...
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Injecting power into circuit to find a short to ground

I'm trying to find a short to ground on a Nintendo Switch of which there are no schematics. The short is present on the 3v3 line. What I would like to do is inject power into this line from my ...
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Control board powered up with reverse polarity. power transistor blown. Is this repairable? [closed]

My dog chewed through the power cord. I 'repaired' it not paying attention to polarity. It was a 2A, 9V wall wart type power supply. The motherboard is from an elliptical exercise machine. The one ...
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Replacing a Capacitor on an Onkyo HT-R960 A/V Receiver

I have an Onkyo HT-R960 receiver that's been acting very flaky for the past couple of months. I've had to let it warm up for several minutes before being able to use it. I would also have to turn it ...
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Help Identifying a component for PCB repair

I'm helping a friend by attempting to repair this display PCB. It uses 24vac input and he accidentally hooked it up to 120vac. I am trying to identify the two components in this picture under the ...
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old 80C31 circuit not working. EPROM data retention issue?

I have an old piece of pro-audio gear in for repair. It dates from 1990. It was a fairly high-end piece of gear at the time and still has some value so it is worth repairing. But the symptoms I see ...
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Identifying surface mount components on a video card

I'm having difficulty identifying some surface mount components on a video card I'm attempting to repair (They have been knocked off). I have a working card which i can use as reference- attached ...
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How to solder this broken Gameboy Color part back on?

I'm trying to repair a GameboyColor where a part that held a battery broke off. I tried soldering it back on but it didn't stick. (I'm new to soldering) I took some pictures, any feedback and advice ...
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Help identifying replacement regulator

I'm doing some proactive maintenance on a vintage games console from the late 70s. There are a couple of linear regulators which I thought would be prudent to replace whilst I'm at it. Unfortunately ...
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How to test a MOV with no visible damage

As far as i know cumulative degradation occurs in a MOV when multiple surges appears in a circuit, A way to minimize this degradation is having multiple MOVs in parallel. This kind of damage can be ...
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Identifying strange burnt resistor color code

I'm trying to figure out the resistance of a burnt resistor in the PCB of a Hoover FD22G 011 (a cordless vacuum cleaner, with rotating brush; should be the same as the Deik ZB1516, which is the actual ...
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Help identifying SMD on USB Circuit (Wacom Intuos 5 - PTH850)

My Wacom Intuos 5 - PTH850 Tablet have one the following SMDs (the lower one, USB Data -) cracked. Could you help me identifying which component is? I know each component bridges USB data + with ...
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Where might the fault be in this battery checker circuit from an old camera? [closed]

I'm repairing an old rangefinder camera, a Canonet QL17 GIII. I have had to do a lot of internal rewiring. All is now working, except for the battery checker functionality. I've included that part of ...
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Replace bad voltage regulator with another one that have lower output current

I need to replace a shorted TL750L05 +5V voltage regulator with a new one. The problem is I can not easily find a replacement part that has the same features. I found the LM2931M-5.0 but is rated at ...
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repairing damage: what size ceramic bypass capacitor

Repairing a motor control board from a washing machine. A 1206 ceramic cap was burned up, there's a bulk electrolytic in parallel, rated 200v 1000uF. I've attached the example schematic for the ic (...
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Convert a blender into a dimmer lamp

I was sitting around and suddenly wanted to convert my old blender into a lamp. The control panel would act as a dimmer switch. (And maybe the pulse button would be a big hit at raves.) Can I just ...
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Replace a one shot thermal fuse with a resetting one [closed]

My mother owns a device for drying fruits and stuff. Now every year or so, the thermal fuse breaks. I'm always checking if the fan is damages or something else, but the device is always fine. It is ...
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Weller wes51 issue

My soldering station is a Weller WES51 for a long time. Today the station died, the LED didn't turn on and the tip doesn't heat. I opened the station and checked the transformer power switch and ...
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Identification of 5 band Resistor from power supply

This Resistor is not functioning The 4th band is Gold, I've read that means it's an exception. The 3rd looks to me as silver, not gray, this is why I've added a picture. I'd like to replace it, so ...
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Troubleshoot a backplane

I have built a simple bus backplane from stripboard and 40-pin female headers for a computer project I am working on. When I tested the backplane to make sure that it functioned, I found that it's ...
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Identifying damaged, burnt out, or missing components [closed]

Is it possible to deduce the identity of damaged, burnt out, or otherwise missing components (or suitable substitutes)? For example, below is the PCB of a 2 speed electric razor I've disassembled. ...
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Causes for a burned up flyback diode on a relay?

I'm repairing a control board for a premium washing machine (model #s at bottom for anyone that's interested). The machine was displaying an error code for relay failure. I took the board out of ...
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Autopilot gradual failure--help me guess what might be going on

Executive summary: Old autopilot for a boat, now drifts constantly to the right; I'd like suggestions on what might be wrong, and what some of the parts might be. Details: I've got an Autohelm 3000 ...
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Multimeter shows too low voltage readings but everything else is mostly fine

I'm only asking if someone knows what might be the cause of my multimeter being broken. It is called DT-830LN. What's not working properly: The voltage reading is way too low, a 3.3V lithium battery ...
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Repairing an RFID antenna? [closed]

I have an RFID antenna that seems to be on a custom PCB. The issue I have is that the antenna on one side works fine, but the other side does not. I'm not sure if it is even possible or worthwhile to ...
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Glue/adhesive/epoxy for soldering a mems microphone

I have read a lot of articles on epoxy and glues for PCB especially with a ripped off pad. I am in the same situation myself and was hoping to get some suggestions here. . The mems microphone looks ...
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lecroy 9314l power supply repair

I've been trying to repair my lecroy 9314l for the past couple of days and i've sort of run into a wall. out of ideas. The power supply started to fail a while ago. It wont turn on when i connect a ...
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How can I mechanically secure a headphone cable after soldering on a new connector?

My headphone (Sennheiser HD 265) has a socketed connection between cable and headphone. The headphone cable had come loose, so I bought a new connector and soldered the headphone cable to it. The ...
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transistor replacement dp35dp

Hello I have an old Intel Motherboard DP35DP, I was using this board as a file server using RAID (Its crucial to get that RAID array working again). It seems like the culprit is a transistor, its ...
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How can I fix these broken wires?

I have two CPU fans which have been damaged. In one the wires were separated in the middle, in the other they were separated at the solder contacts. I have very little soldering/wiring experience, how ...
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How to diagnose powering damages and protect again surges?

I wanted to operate remotely a motor which is controlled by a manual key switch (still in place in case the automated way fails - which happened). The switch: I though by replacing it by basics ...
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Repair a 220V PCB trace

I had a water issue with a PCB power strip that has a PCB inside. About half the width of the 220Volt traces got connected and burned so "luckyily" nothing else broke as the fault stopped there. The ...
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I'm having trouble with a Zif cable on a Nikon coolpix S3700 because it appears to have no locking flap

I'm trying to repair an S3700 the buttons (record ect.) stopped working and when I took it apart to clear the dust out I accidentally removed a zif cable and now I can't reconnect it. The actual ...
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Repairing a PS/2 mini-DIN connection w/o clock pulses

I have a Fanatec CSR racing wheel with an optional sequential shifter. Since I last used them I lost the stock PS/2 cable and haven't been able to locate it. I bought an off-the-shelf PS/2 cable but ...
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Glue used to adhere cellphone / laptop components (not screen)

What type of glue is used to adhere cellphone (or laptop) components (excluding the screen which has its own speciality glue)? I'm talking about the sticky, but not too sticky glue used to hold things ...
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Replacing an old dart board ribbon connector - need advice

I hope this makes sense but I have an old dart board that is having some issues I believe is related to the cable in the link below. The cable is a ribbon cable I believe and toward the bottom there ...
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Sealing a FFC ZIF connector

How can I make a Flat Flex Cable (FFC) Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) connector resistant to environmental contamination? Background/Assumptions: I have a microwave over my stove. Every few months, the ...
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How are severed phone lines, the ones on utility poles, repaired when they are severed

I have been searching for this answer for a long time and I haven't found any info on the way severed lines are repaired. There must be tens of thousands of tiny wires that must reconnected, and in ...
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How to decode the markings on an SMD choke?

I have a broken Ravensburger Tiptoi pen for kids. I opened it and the choke L7 broke. It is SMD and marked 420. I found out that this could be either 42 micro or nano Henries. Question is, which is it,...
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Disassembling AC adapter

I got new wall mount AC Adapter, the adapter itself is good, but cord is low quality, very short (1m) and very hard and coarse, non-flexible. I want to replace adapter cord with better one. The ...
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How to repair a burnt PCB? [closed]

I'm trying to fix a burnt blender PCB(due to short circuiting). I have tried to trace copper traces on the PCB and wondering if i Should cut off the burnt area and redesign the affected PCB or use a ...
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Using diode mode on my multimeter to debug circuits. A good idea?

I've seen a few YouTube videos where the presenter, who appears to be experienced in board repair of Apple (and presumably other) circuit boards recommends to use your multimeter in "diode mode" to ...
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water-damaged 3DS, some buttons are now non-functional, any ideas? [closed]

so about 3 months ago I got my Nintendo 3DS wet. I tore it down, cleaned it up with isopropyl alcohol (of highest possible purity) and let it dry off. unfortunately for me, there are some buttons ...
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Mending broken solar cells

Which is the best way to connect broken pieces of solar cell to equal 1 solar cell? Below are 3 configurations of how I might use solder to build a cell. Does the configuration make a difference?