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Too far gone

I couldn’t save this calculator. It was too far gone! The leaky battery corroded a lot of the PCB tracks. Scrapped. RIP.

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Conductive glue

Some manufacturers are just not learning from past manufacturing mistakes.  Or they just don’t care about how long the stuff they make will last. One of the faults with some electronic equipment is a glue used in manufacturing that becomes … Continue reading

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A costly calculator repair

This MS-7LA calculator came in for recycling last year. It did not power on. It is the holidays at present so I thought I would do some holiday hobby work (repairing things is one of my hobbies). I undid the … Continue reading

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Rubbish manufacturing

Had a no name brand battery charger come in for recycling.  I set it up on the bench to test it.  It powered up but after a bit it turned off.  I took the thing apart.  Pretty easy to do.  … Continue reading

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Bad design on a Megger MIT220

I had a Megger MIT220 meter come in for repair from Dells Appliances, our related company.  It was not giving a reading.  It was an easy fix. The wire had broken of the test lead terminal inside the meter. After … Continue reading

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Spare parts suppliers

The electronics repair industry in New Zealand has been in decline for the past two or three decades for various reasons including  the flood of cheap commodity goods, poor support from the manufacturers, and rapidly changing technology. One indication of … Continue reading

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A throwaway society

We really are in a throwaway society.  We have  been calling it that since the 1950s and all of this technology of ours is an increasing part of the throwaway society. I had a Canon PIXMA MG2960 ink jet printer/scanner … Continue reading

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A missing screw

A Philips 42TA2800 LCD TV came in for recycling. “It works” the customer said, “It is just the power switch.” The actual plastic power switch actuator was missing and you could see that the power switch circuit board was just … Continue reading

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Whirlpool and obsolescence

A Whirlpool VT256/SL microwave oven came in for recycling this week that looked like a good candidate for refurbishment.  It was dead. It had a blown fuse and a shorted high voltage capacitor in the voltage doubler circuit.   So I … Continue reading

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Ubuntu and laptops

For a few years now I have been running Ubuntu 14.0.0 on an old Toshiba Satellite A100 laptop (from the Microsoft Windows XP era).  It was sort of as an experiment but it was also because I like to keep … Continue reading

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