Questions tagged [troubleshooting]

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Chua's circuit's pattern not fully shown

I have made a Chua's circuit, and hooked a soundcard oscilloscope to it, to measure the voltage across C1 and C2. Circuit diagram: Source:Kennedy 92(pdf). Software used: soundcard scope. The ...
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USB detected, no communication

I had a device come with no USB cable. Since it used a proprietary USB connector on the device side, I decided to solder a male USB A cable directly on the motherboard pins. The USB device is ...
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Strategies for troubleshooting buck converter

I'm trying to troubleshoot a tps65261rhbr triple synchronous buck converter from 12V producing 1.8V, 3.3V and 5V. The 3.3V and 1.8V are stable and well-functioning but the 5V is not. An oscilloscope ...
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Why the DC voltmeter does not read zero when it measures an AC signal?(Chua's circuit)

I have made a Chua's circuit that is nearly the same as the one in Kennedy 92(pdf). I don't have an oscilloscope yet, so I connect a DC voltmeter at the place where probes of oscilloscopes should be ...
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Help With Buffer Amplifier/Filter Type Circuit

I’m having trouble with a circuit I designed and I would be greatly appreciative if I can get some help here. The circuit I designed is a buffer amplifier type design intended to take two channels of ...
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How to check (6 pin) PCI-E power rail on a pc powersupply?

Could anyone tell me if and how i might verify whether or not a PCI-Express 6 pin power lead on a PC is outputting correct voltage(s) ? A while back, I decided to try to refurbish a graphics card ...
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Current monitor circuit not working

For part of a project, I am needing to monitor the current draw of 4 low power loads simultaneously. I like experimenting with circuits and I found one online in a TI application note (AN-31 page 35) ...
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Wemos D1 mini doesn't boot with common ground with PZEM-004t

I'm experimenting with Wemos D1 mini and PZEM-004t to monitor my home electricity, but I'm having a strange issue. I'm trying to supply PZEM-004t independently from a Wemos with a dedicated AC/DC 5V/0....
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HJS-480-0-24 Power Supply begins smelling like burning plastic after 30 seconds of running

I recently purchased a HJS-480-0-24 power supply off Banggood and I tested it out by running a 150 watt heater. After 30 seconds the power supply began to smell like burning plastic, so I immediately ...
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Tesla Coil / Slayer Exciter won't work

I need some help with troubleshooting a slayer exciter circuit or coils. I was following this youtube tutorial and doublechecked all the connections. The power supply I use is 12V 1.5A. My secondary ...
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tube amp - high power supply voltage ?! troubleshooting

So I started working with troubleshooting a channel imbalance on the schematic attached, 12ax7 + 6L6GC push pull. But the problem seems to be a bit different... My voltages seem to be a bit hot!! (a ...
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Constant flickering of TFT Display

We have an issue with our TFT display. The display constantly flickers while displaying. What are common causes for flickering in this type of display? How can we resolve this issue? It's a 3.5 inch ...
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Power button behaving as OFF-(ON) momentary switch rather than latching- Troubleshooting

I have a device which doesn't turn on normally when you press the power button like it did before. You have to keep holding it down for it to remain on. As soon as you let go, it turns back off. In ...
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Turnigy servo motor needs push to start

I currently have an inspection robot deployed in a remote part of Africa that has a failing Turnigy TGY-6114MD servo. The issue started happening during normal operation and was working fine ...
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EMG signal from MyoWare board - sudden increase in output voltage

I am using the MyoWare muscle sensor from Advancer Technologies (this one) to obtain EMG signals from my forearm. I want to use it in a project where I will be checking if the muscle is flexed or not. ...
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LMR33630A, my built circuit doesn't match the expected output

Using TI's "power designer", I've taken their 33630A and designed it for a 5v output. My actual circuit has a slightly different value for the divider to raise the voltage up to about 5.2v, otherwise ...
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Avoid fire on a battery-powered device [closed]

I was trying to repair a battery-powered electric razor when I suspect there was a short-circuit. The device started heating and it began smoking a bit so I took it and put it in a bowl full of water....
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What are some techniques to troubleshoot a second order sigma delta loop?

I have designed a slightly modified second order (3-bit) multi-bit incremental sigma delta modulator (IDSM) in simulink (system level). The SNR that I get is 45dB, which is not as expected. But ...
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Strange behavior of the DALI controlled luminaires

I faced a strange behavior of a DALI controlled LED luminaires circuit. I have 48 LED luimianires with a MeanWell ELG150-C700-DA drivers connaected according to the scheme below: I commissioned the ...
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32.768 kHz Crystal Troubleshooting

I'm at my wit's end trying to get a 32.768 kHz tuning fork crystal to work and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. First, some background: I'm using a 16MHz crystal in conjunction with an Atmega 328P-...
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can't figure out why my micronucleus/V-USB setup doesn't work

I built a small attiny85-based board using vusb and essentially the schematic of the discontinued Sparkfun "AVR Stick" (at least on the usb/uC side; see https://www.sparkfun.com/datasheets/Widgets/AVR-...
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Is a capacitor bad when it looks like this?

Hello I am new to the electronics field. I am looking inside of one of my synthesizers and I see some capacitors (I think they are Mylar, correct me if I'm wrong) that look like this. I know it is a ...
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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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MCU overheating

INTRODUCTION I've designed a custom board featuring a SAME54N20 MCU. This is the third board I assembled but I still haven't got any to work: I didn't get the first board to connect to my PC. My ...
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Best way to locate a 4k stray resistance between 2 bus lines in a PCB?

I have a faulty PCB which is showing an unexpectedly low resistance between certain pairs of bus address lines. I'm measuring a little over 4k ohms between these bus lines, but according to the ...
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Why would a buck converter IC fail and blow up?

I have a deployed design in which we are experiencing a high (~4%) failure rate in the 12V to 5V step-down buck converter portion of the PCB. The buck converter's role in the circuit is to step down ...
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AL5802 LED-Driver works on the breadbord, but not on its (seemingly functionally identical) PCB

TL;DR: I'm working on a project that incorporates (besides other things) two AL5802 linear LED-drivers in parallel. Unfortunately, I felt balsy and had my complete PCB made in China before testing the ...
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Why is the MCP601 better suited than the LM833 for single supply applications?

Still not answered, please need some help. If you guys don't know the answer don't be afraid to admit it, but I want to generate discussion around potential solutions/calculations and not semantics ...
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Tesla Coil Troubleshooting Help! [closed]

A couple weeks ago I decided to build a tesla coil and after a decent amount of research and building time the coil could only light up a light bulb. I have tried many things to fix it but all to no ...
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Overvoltage at input causes small jump at IC input pins

I have a PCB with voltage regulator (5V), op-amps, 2 multiplexers, 1 counter, several pots, caps, and resistors. I supply 9V. The voltage regulator converts it to 5V. Without connecting any ...
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How to troubleshoot a switched-mode power supply?

I am trying to repair a switched-mode power supply, but as of now I have no success. The problem can be described as following: The supply does not output any voltage whatsoever. The fuse never ...
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Observing ethernet auto-negotiation packets using oscilloscope

In an answer to one of my previous posts seen here: Verifying 802.3 auto negotiation, @Zac67 mentions that by using an oscilloscope I could observe normal and fast link pulses that are sent in order ...
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Troubleshooting an op-amp for amplifying a low voltage AC input

I am trying to amplify a low voltage AC input with a gain close to 5. It has a 0 DC offset and about 300 mV of AC amplitude, at 250 kHz. This is my first venture into electrical engineering and I’m ...
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Troubleshooting expensive potentiometer

Tl;dr tested pot and it doesn't show any variation across center pin. Is it reasonable to conclude it is the broken part? Hey everybody, so recently a coworker and I were reassembling an expensive ...
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Schmitt trigger issues… lumpy outputs and wrong switching voltages

I'm trying to implement the Schmitt trigger found in "CMOS" by J. Baker. Here's what the circuit should look like: And this is how the transistors should be dimensioned to achieve switching voltages ...
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Why is the logic probe reducing current from the power supply?

I am troubleshooting a very basic circuit using an inexpensive logic probe to check values. Typically when I use the probe I see current output go up about 7mA, which I assume is to power the sound ...
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Troubleshooting Dimmer Circuit [closed]

First off I do apologize for my ignorance, I know very little on the topic so please be patient. I have one of these that are broken http://www.smartliving.com.au/z-wave-in-line-dimmer.html Its a ...
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Next step when troubleshooting a PS/2 keyboard PCB with good cable

I received a PS/2 keyboard (TypeMatrix 2020) which was known to be broken, with some hope that I may be able to fix it. I don't have a lot of experience with electronics, but I know the very basics. ...
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Computer won't post / Beep unless Unplugged for a few hours [closed]

I'm experiencing this issue for almost a year now. It is slowly getting worse. My motherboard is Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H and my PSU is Corsair CX600. The source of the problem most likely has to do with ...
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Troubleshooting 4066 as a button hack

I have an Arduino project which needs to simulate a human button press on a third-party board, an 883LM garage door opener controller. The other board has its own power supply which is separate from ...
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Troubleshooting wien bridge oscillator circuit with 741 op amp

I built the standard Wien bridge oscillator circuit using the UA741CN op amp IC, however I am not getting any oscillation. I am powering this circuit with two 9V batteries. I'm using the values R1=...
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Troubleshooting noisy FET buffer for contact mic

I'm trying to follow the schematic on this page to create a preamp/impedance matcher for a balanced piezo contact mic. I've reproduced the schematic below. I've built it on a breadboard and I'm ...
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SMPS output voltage too low - what to look for?

I have an old switching power supply for HP 712/60 workstation (+5V, +3V3, +12v). It was working about ten years ago when i've last tried to boot the system, but now one of the output voltages is at ...
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Switching Voltage Regulator Problems

I'm new here, so forgive me if I breach any forum protocols in the asking of this question. I have designed a voltage regulator scheme for a guidance system on an aerial drone. All components ...
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RF Interference and Metal Enclosure

We have a product (optical detector), one client had an issue with false alarms due to their radios they use on site. Did some modifications, added a ferrite bead to the cable and put a driven guard ...
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Op-Amp as comparator for driving relay stops working after short time

Ok I have an Op-Amp as a comparator, Its the TCA0372... whole amp it can source, not needed just nice. and I have a relay, http://www.mouser.com/ds/2/315/jw-catalog-1075968.pdf Its driven by 12v. ...
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HC-05 BT Doesnt need vcc for power [duplicate]

I'm hooking up and old HC-05 BT module and it powers even if vcc is disconnected, (if TX is high and is key is high), is it likely i fried something and it's broken?
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Troubleshooting my Electromagnets

While the problems I am having span across several projects of mine, the common denominator is the electromagnet present in each project. I have made three electromagnets and none of them seem to be ...
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Error on Lattice Diamond: “core0 incorrect response (Write: 512 != Read:0) … Problem cause is sample clock too slow or not continuous”.

Question for persons experienced on Lattice Diamond, I'm trying to test a previously developed project on Lattice Diamond. The project initially shouldn't have any problems because it was implemented ...