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Forum: General Capacitor Questions & Issues 10-26-2019, 02:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 562
Posted By dmill89
Re: Just when you thought polymers gave a PC eternal life!

Honestly they generally aren't too bad in PSUs (definitely better than Capxon, OST, Samwah, etc.) . The only failed Teapos I've seen in PSUs were old and abused (high hour hot running systems). On...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 08-29-2019, 11:51 PM
Replies: 4,076
Views: 639,727
Posted By dmill89
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Since I have a 4WD truck with good ground clearance I can generally make it to work without having to clear the driveway (and if we get too much snow for my truck to make it through the office will...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 08-29-2019, 05:15 PM
Replies: 4,076
Views: 639,727
Posted By dmill89
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

An Ariens 8524 2-stage snow blower for $110. It needed the usual tune-up stuff (carb kit, spark plug, belts and sheer pins) but after that the Tecumseh Snow-King fires up on the first pull (has...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 08-28-2019, 09:30 PM
Replies: 4,076
Views: 639,727
Posted By dmill89
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Depending on the model $200-400, add in an hour or so labor for the repair guy (generally the minimum charge even if it only takes 15 min to swap the board) and you are looking at a $300-500+ repair...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 08-18-2019, 07:42 PM
Replies: 762
Views: 249,235
Posted By dmill89
Re: Post your system.......

Particularly annoying when the Precision line with similar CPUs/GPUs had plenty of cooling, here's my M4800:
https://www.badcaps.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=198879&stc=1&d=1566175106...
Forum: Troubleshooting Printers, Copiers, Scanners and other Imaging & Printing Devices 07-28-2019, 07:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 875
Posted By dmill89
Re: The Great Print Technology Showdown

Just [IMG] tags with the URL, I did upload the pictures first with "manage attachments" and put the URL from that in the tags, not sure if the forum can connect to google drive ( I see your image URL...
Forum: Troubleshooting Power Supplies and Power Supply Design 07-07-2019, 12:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 629
Posted By dmill89
Re: LPK12-450W safety capacitor shorted

At least in the US bonding ground to pipes isn't that uncommon even in "newer" houses. My house was built in 1988 and it has the ground bonded to the incoming water main (though it also has a...
Forum: Troubleshooting Power Supplies and Power Supply Design 07-04-2019, 10:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 185
Posted By dmill89
Re: Problem with UPS 850

How old are the batteries and have you checked the voltage? Many (most) UPSs have very "dumb" charging circuits (often only a constant float voltage with no regulation) that will try to charge a...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 06-25-2019, 10:33 PM
Replies: 762
Views: 249,235
Posted By dmill89
Re: Post your system.......

I recently upgraded my main laptop to a Dell Precision M4800 after my M4600 unfortunately suffered a broken hinge (my fault a ~4ft. drop on a concrete floor and landed right on the corner :facepalm:...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 03-12-2019, 11:08 PM
Replies: 4,076
Views: 639,727
Posted By dmill89
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Yep, it is pieced together from 3 different receivers I acquired for parts. Two of them I got years ago back when I was selling electronics in college (both shipping damaged items they wrote off and...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 03-08-2019, 07:49 PM
Replies: 4,076
Views: 639,727
Posted By dmill89
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

A Sony STR-DH130 Frankenreceiver. I pieced this thing together from parts from 3 different scrap receivers, 2 of which had been dropped (1 had a broken main board and the other had a broken VFD, both...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 02-27-2019, 09:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 376
Posted By dmill89
Re: optical drive tray loading problem

Some do: Most heavy truck engines, Dodge Cummins diesels, most old International Harvester engines back when they made pickups/SUVs, Ford 4.9L I6s, Ford flat-head V8s, old Willys Jeep engines (1950s...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 02-22-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 4,076
Views: 639,727
Posted By dmill89
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Yes the batteries are good (they're also common 12V 7Ah batteries so replacements should be easy/cheap to get when needed), the unit has a 2018 manufacture date, a company ordered them and then went...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 02-21-2019, 10:10 PM
Replies: 4,076
Views: 639,727
Posted By dmill89
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Some audio gear and a UPS.

A pair of Polk R10 bookshelf speakers for $17:
https://www.badcaps.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=191154&stc=1&d=1550808531
...
Forum: Troubleshooting Audio Equipment 02-21-2019, 08:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 289
Posted By dmill89
Re: Polk Audio PSW111 Subwoofer - no power

There is a good chance the driver transistors are blown, those polk sub amps are notoriously underbuilt (especially older ones). There may also be conductive glue if it is older (brown glue that...
Forum: Troubleshooting Power Supplies and Power Supply Design 02-10-2019, 04:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 257
Posted By dmill89
Re: Delta DPS-360FB A from Dell Studio XPS 435MT

I guess it "won't hurt" to replace them all, but you probably could have left the Chemi-cons (these rarely fail) and the big 680uf 200V Samaxons (looks like this is a PPFC unit so the primaries...
Forum: Equipment Usage, Soldering, Techniques, and Reviews 02-02-2019, 10:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 410
Posted By dmill89
Re: Oscilloscope kits

Yep, if you buy one of these from eBay, Amazon, Aliexpress, etc. the odds of getting a copy are probably better then the odds of getting a real JYE. Banggood.com claims to be selling genuine JYE...
Forum: Equipment Usage, Soldering, Techniques, and Reviews 02-02-2019, 07:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 410
Posted By dmill89
Re: Oscilloscope kits

I built one a while back "just for fun" it is ok for what it is (more of a "toy" than a "real" scope) but the QC concerns are definitely justified as it took me two kits to get one working unit (the...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 01-30-2019, 09:48 PM
Replies: 4,076
Views: 639,727
Posted By dmill89
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

A blue Dell Latitude E4300 with a good (85% capacity) battery and charger for $21:
https://www.badcaps.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=189796&stc=1&d=1548906386
...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 01-24-2019, 07:49 PM
Replies: 4,076
Views: 639,727
Posted By dmill89
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

It is hard to beat the older stuff for reliability (even if you have to do a re-cap, clean the pots/switches, and replace a few lamps, at least it should be solid afterwards) and I would generally...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 01-24-2019, 07:38 PM
Replies: 4,076
Views: 639,727
Posted By dmill89
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

Yep, GM seemed to be early with RDS, the first car I ever saw it in was a 2005 Chevy Cobalt we had in Driver's ED (yet oddly the 2007 Pontiac G6 I had in College didn't have it), yet no vehicle I or...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 01-23-2019, 09:55 PM
Replies: 4,076
Views: 639,727
Posted By dmill89
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

It does not, for whatever reason RDS support is still not all that common in the US, it only started to become common in car radios in the last few years, and still isn't very common on home...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 01-23-2019, 06:03 PM
Replies: 4,076
Views: 639,727
Posted By dmill89
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

I picked up this beast, a Pioneer Elite VSX-84TXSi (https://www.soundandvision.com/content/pioneer-elite-vsx-84txsi-audio-video-receiver) 7.1 ch 140wpc receiver for $60 ( $95 with shipping) .
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Forum: General Capacitor Questions & Issues 01-17-2019, 04:26 PM
Replies: 957
Views: 410,654
Posted By dmill89
Re: The Hall of Shame - Badcaps Photo Montage

Agreed, it looks like the Panasonic SC-PT 660 (https://www.cnet.com/reviews/panasonic-sc-pt660-review/) is an HTIB (Hone-Theater in a box) system that is barely bigger than a DVD change but claims...
Forum: General Computer & Tech Discussion 01-08-2019, 05:12 PM
Replies: 4,076
Views: 639,727
Posted By dmill89
Re: best cheap/free scores 1.1

RJARRRPCGP's Technics SA-EX140 has a "soft-touch" power switch (i.e. like a computer there is always standby power, when you press the button it sends a signal which trips the relay for the main...
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