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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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Repair: Bauhn Remote Controlled Power Point & AKAI TV Remote Control

Returning from holidays, my Dad often has surprises for me. This time, it was a few items that needed attention – the first of which was three Bauhn Remote Controlled Power Point units with various faults, and the other was … Continue reading

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Teardown: IKEA Sparsam 15W CFL & OSRAM Lightify CLA60 RGBW

It’s going to be a teardown double post, although not a happy one for me for a number of reasons. IKEA Sparsam 15W CFL This particular CFL is a young globe – only just installed prior to my holidays but … Continue reading

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Random: Birthday, Reflections, Taronga, CeBIT & the Kitchen Sink

#include <stdio.h> int main (void) { printf(“Hello World!”); return(0); } It’s been quiet. Too quiet. Sorry for that. While I did say I was going on holidays and would be on a hiatus, I didn’t expect it to be a … Continue reading

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Project, Reverse Eng, Repair: ATmega328-based “Transistor Tester” Kit

A common complaint and reason for the falling popularity of electronic kits is that none of them really let you build something that’s really useful that you couldn’t buy pre-built at a lower cost. I believe this complaint does have … Continue reading

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Repair: Apple Macintosh PowerBook 100 “Gotta re-cap ’em all!”

In the last part of this little project, I managed to refurbish the two PowerBook 100 power supplies to a working condition. The next step is to refurbish the main unit itself. Even though I was equipped with the service … Continue reading

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Repair: Apple Macintosh PowerBook 100 AC Adapter (M5140X)

Since I made my posts about the PowerBook 100 that has “become” mine, I faced a dilemma as to what to do next. Even though I didn’t get too many people chipping in their opinion, it seemed that a full … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Dick Smith’s Funway 2 Project 7: Pocket Transistor Radio

Since the positive reception to my posts about Dick Smith’s Fun Way into Electronics book series (Part 1, Part 2 & 3), I’ve always been meaning to put up more posts about the series and its projects. It was amazing … Continue reading

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Repair, Teardown: Toyota Camry (2000) Remote Key Fob

Earlier last week, my father gave me a call about his central locking remote key fob for his Toyota Camry not working. As it was the remote he was using as the primary remote, the appropriate assumption would be that … 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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Repair: Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 Noise-Cancelling Headphone Ear Cushions

For someone who travels a lot on public transport, having a good set of noise cancelling headphones is indispensable for making the trip a lot more enjoyable and stress free. By shutting out the external noise with passive cancellation, and … Continue reading

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Project: Physically Damaged USB Drive Repair & Data Recovery

A while back, on 16th July, I was contacted by a fellow Sydneysider, and a fan of my blog with a request for help. While, ordinarily, I don’t respond to these, there was a rather long story behind this particular … Continue reading

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Salvage, Teardown: Extron DVI-RGB 150, iLuv USB Charger, Nvidia 9600GT (OEM)

Around here, the salvages don’t stop. Continuing on from my salvages from an undisclosed location, here are some more items that I had managed to rescue from certain destruction for a chance at a second life. Extron DVI-RGB 150 The … Continue reading

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Unintentional Teardown & Repair: Kingston 128Gb UHS-I SDXC Card

A while back, I posted a gripe article about how I disliked some aspects of the Secure Digital memory card format, one of the issues being the fragility of the plastic shell. Through no fault of my own, it seems … Continue reading

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Project: Caroma Slimline Dual-Flush Cistern Inlet Valve Replacement

The venerable flushing toilet. A miracle of engineering, a marvel that revolutionized sanitation and improved health of most living in developed areas. Yet, it is one of the things we least think about, that is, until it breaks. In a … Continue reading

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Repair, Teardown: Unbranded SF-95 Analog & Satlink WS-6903 Digital Satellite Finder

As a RF hobbyist, getting into satellites was quite a natural progression. First, it was amateur radio satellites, and then later progressing onto broadcast TV satellites. To the inexperienced, satellite TV seems rather complex, but it really isn’t provided you … Continue reading

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Repair: Samsung ARM Chromebook Trackpad that Won’t Click

While most people seem to have a mixed relationship with Google’s Chromebooks, I’ve been a user of the Samsung ARM Chromebook for a while, and it serves quite a few specific purposes. For one, it’s a low-cost, thin, low-power consuming … Continue reading

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Teardown, Repair: Varta Power Play (Ready2Use) 15 Minute Charger (Type 57275)

There was once a time when most portable electronic devices used AA or AAA batteries. Many users would opt to use Carbon Zinc or Alkaline disposable cells with these products, which proved to be costly financially and environmentally. An alternative … Continue reading

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Follow-up: USB Power Bank Tested and Repacked (5000mAh, 30000mAh)

I did some quick teardowns of the 5000mAh and 30000mAh power banks previously, and I found that the 5000mAh power bank seemed to be genuine, but the 30000mAh power bank is a bit unknown. One reader reported disappointing performance from … Continue reading

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Dealing with Bad USB Keys

My mother recently returned home from her trip to Hong Kong with a pair of ‘novelty’ “”16Gb”” USB keys as a present. They cost about AU$12 each, which is in the ballpark of what a reputable USB memory stick would … Continue reading

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Upgrading an Icom IC-R75 with the CR-282 High Stability OCXO Unit

Prelude I’ve been a happy IC-R75 owner for a long while. It was a very affordable (sub $1000) HF communications receiver with coverage from LF to 60Mhz, with good sensitivity and FM “out of the box”. It had a two-level … Continue reading

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LCD Monitor Service/Factory Menus

I’m not sure many people know, but the chips inside LCD monitors are actually fairly smart. For one thing, they generate the on-screen overlay displays which you set your settings with, and they do scaling of different resolutions to your … Continue reading

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Refurbishing unwanted laptops

Well, just today, a good friend of mine gave me an “unwanted” laptop that had served its time. In fact, it was this one – a Dell Inspiron 640m, based on the initial Centrino Duo platform (Intel T2300E 1.66Ghz dual … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: A 486 that wasn’t quite a 486

Been a bit busy lately, so didn’t have a chance to post any more nifty things for a bit. Hopefully I can make some time to show a few more interesting things. For this post, a follow on from my … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: A discarded BEAST of a 486

On my last post about MS-DOS 5.0, 6.22 and Windows 3.11 Install Disks, my good friend Irfan asked: What machine are you using to run these? You still have working 5.25″ floppy disk drives?? Wow… Good question, and that will … Continue reading

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Operation Bake Raspberry Pi

Originally having given up on my Raspberry Pi from RS, a very helpful post from Dilligaf at the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Forums gave me this advice: If you’ve given up on the warranty you could always try baking it in … Continue reading

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We’ve got a Pi down … I repeat, a Pi down …

[This website served by the Raspberry Pi, purchased from element14. Stock is out at the moment 🙁 It would have been served by the Raspberry Pi from RS – if not for the problem …] Okay, so it’s been a … Continue reading

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