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Repair: Cooler Master Xcraft 3.5″ External HDD Enclosure PSU (SKA-0512-20B)

When I get a little time, I like to go through the “donation” pile and do some testing. As it turns out, I was gifted a set of four Cooler Master Xcraft External Hard Drive Enclosures along with matching power … Continue reading

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WONTFIX Teardowns: iFlashDeviceHD, Varta SMP-75W PSU, Powermonkey Discovery Power Bank

If there’s one thing I always need to do, that is to clean up and get rid of the rubbish. Almost constantly, broken things are taken apart and examined in my room, with some of them requiring only minor surgery … Continue reading

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Teardown, Repair & Test: AY/Generic UV EPROM Eraser

With many older computers and their peripherals, the firmware code is stored inside a ROM chip of some sort. These were unlike the later EEPROMs and Flash chips which could be electrically erased and reprogrammed. Instead, these chips were often … Continue reading

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Teardown: Vonets VAP11G Ethernet to 802.11g Wireless Bridge

What do you do when you have some device that only supports wired-Ethernet, but it’s going to be deployed in a place where it isn’t practical to install cabling? Well, the easy solution is to use Wi-Fi, through a device … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: I’m SCSI and I know it …

You might look at the title and not realize what the reference is – but apparently, SCSI was supposed to be pronounced ‘sexy’ until somebody ruined it. I suppose that’s fitting when SCSI evolved from SASI, which one can only … Continue reading

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Salvage: Quantum Fireball 1280Mb AT Hard Drive

It’s been another busy week – and as I wait for the autoclave to cool, here’s something from a salvage done earlier in the week … But before I talk about the item itself, the circumstances surrounding the salvage deserve … Continue reading

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