Dave’s FixIt and Stuff opening soon

By , September 4, 2006 11:56 pm

Guess it’s about time to get back to work. Got the end room about ready to work in.  Fixed a couple or 5 things today.

Started with a power strip with a cord which had had the grounding pin removed.  That’s a no-no around me so I cut the female end off an old computer cord and took the strip apart and after a bit of stripping of wires and soldering of the same had a useable power strip again.  20 minutes and maybe 5 cents in solder and electricity.  I figure it was a cost effective repair.

Next was my power control, isolation, and limiting station.  Put a couple of side boards on it and plugged it in.  Relabled the outlets and it was ready to go.

Then spent a couple of hours on a Hitachi 36 inch tv.  No joy.   Someone has already been the distance and I am about to the point of taking it to the landfill.

Came back over here and got a computer and monitor and took them back over and hooked up for a bit of hard drive repair.

After spending a half hour or so on repairing the laptop to standard drive adaptors, I started on Steves 80 gb laptop drive with the overly stressed plug.  Repaired 6 pins that had cracked loose from the print and tried it.  Nothing.  Checked continuity on all of the MANY pins.  Everything checked ok.  Tried again.  Nothing.  Check for 5 volts.  Got it at the plug and to one side of a SMD that is marked N.  After looking at the circuit I decided that it was most likely either a fuse or 0 ohm resister and since this one is not covered by warrenty that translates to nothing ventured nothing gained.  So got a small piece of copper wire and bridged it.  Put it back together and tried it again and the sucker came up!

Tried to install pclos on it but due to a flakey power supply and close to 800 feet of power wire just from the building I am working in to the meter which is another 350/400 from the transformer (all this means that I have a LOT of power fluctuations) I couldn’t get it to stay up long enough to get the install done.

Steve’s son Aaron came by and went to get some old power supplies he had.

While waiting for the install to finish or quit again I decided since things were going fairly well I would tear into a Zip drive that Steve had sent my way to fix.  Checked the usb cable and connection and both were fine.  Seperated the transport and board and after futzing with it for a while resoldered the USB connections just to make sure they weren’t broken loose on top.  I also noted that at the points where the board connections contacted the film the film was indented.  Some of the connections were also not quite as far out as others so I repositioned all of them to the same distance from the base.  Reassembled and tried it and it worked, so some of the above corrected the problem.  One to remember.

When Aaron got back with the power supplies I tried one and after it stinking and getting hot, tried another that Steve (thanks Steve!) had given him to bring over, and it worked and didn’t smoke so used it. And started the reinstall again.

Went to eat and when I came back it was still going.  Not sure if it is a drive problem or a cd problem.  Gave up after another 2 tries.  Downloaded the newest version of pclos on this machine and am going to burn it to cd and try again tomorrow.

While I was waiting for it to install the last two times, started to check out the power supply board for Mark H’s pinball machine.  Found a transistor and 4 diodes bad so far.  Suspect that there is other stuff bad in the machine. Since the damaged parts are all in the floriscan display high voltage circuitry I suspect that one or more of the score displays are damage also.  Will get back on that one tomorrow.
So all in all a good day of repairs.

More in the pipe already for tomorrow so will close for the nonce… 😉

Technorati now at 51 days and counting

By , September 4, 2006 9:15 pm

Wish it were different but still no joy… :-(  Maybe tomorrow they will be back at work and starting to catch up on things.


is the link to my wayback machine at technorati.

UserFriendly Strip – Marvin the Martian

By , September 4, 2006 1:33 pm

UserFriendly Strip Marvin the Martian

Via a heads up from Steve.  Thanks Steve.  Good strip.  Vi and Emacs on the same machine… 😉

YouTube – Broadcast Yourself.

By , September 4, 2006 12:25 am

YouTube – Broadcast Yourself.

geriatric1927 is still going.  Some good footage of a dying breed.  Good stuff!

xkcd – A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language – COMPLY

By , September 4, 2006 12:06 am

xkcd – A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language – COMPLY

Hampster ball.    😉

Hottest Sauces in the World – Hot Sauce Store – Tijuana Flats Hot Foods Inc – hotsauce bottles – Smack My Ass and Call Me Sally Hot Sauces and Holiday Gift Ideas – The hottest sauces and peppers

By , September 4, 2006 12:02 am

Hottest Sauces in the World – Hot Sauce Store – Tijuana Flats Hot Foods Inc – hotsauce bottles – Smack My Ass and Call Me Sally Hot Sauces and Holiday Gift Ideas – The hottest sauces and peppers


These folks are plumb nuts…

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