Multimeter DIY Repair?

I have a Radio Shack digital multimeter, Model 22-174. Since the 10 Amp measurement circuit is not fused I blew this circuit and that part of the meter does not work now. I like this meter and would like to know if I can DIY repair it and what I need to do. I have looked around the Internet and have not found any information including the Radio Shack site. Was looking for the wiring diagram only found a parts list. I hope that I can fix it. If I can fix it I will fuse the test leads (black lead) or work out an internal fuse for this circuit so I don't repeat my mistake. Any help would be nice. Thank you.

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Repairing an Ipod connection

I have a 5th gen IPOD video and while I was replacing the hard drive some of the prongs on a circuit board connection (the thing the ribbon wire connects to) broke off. Now the ribbon wire will not stay in place, the ribbon wire goes in but is not very secure. I was wondering if there was any quick and easy way to fix it. I may need to replace the part and solder a new one in..I personally do not know how to do that but I know someone who can. I just don't know where I could pick up a new part...any ideas?

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LCD Monitor Repair

Congrats! Instead of throwing away your broken LCD monitor, you've decided to fix it. What do you have too loose by attempting the repair yourself? It's already heading for the trash can or the e-waste center. By repairing it you will probably save from $100 to $200 or more! If you have done any reading at all on the web, you have already discovered that bad capacitors account for a large percentage of all LCD monitor failures. If your monitor flickers when you start it up, the screen is dim, has strange lines on it, clicks, etc., then this information is just for you! The repair does not require any special knowledge or skill. About the only tools you will need are a putty knife, a screwdriver, a pair of pliers and a Radio Shack soldering iron. Without getting into too much technical jargon, there are two main components inside your monitor, the power board which powers the inverter (lights) and video, and the video board. The power supply circuit board must be removed before you can replace the capacitors. You must open your monitor and examine the capacitors on the power supply board. Each monitor will have a power supply circuit board. Each monitor model will have a slightly different board. They all look about the same. Some have more capacitors, some have less. Most all LCD monitors have a large 400v capacitor. These rarely go bad. There's a video at www.youtube.com/watch that shows you how to disassemble a Viewsonic monitor, and install new capacitors. This is a great video! There's also a good tutorial that shows how to completely disassemble a Samsung 204T LCD Monitor. It's a step by step guide, which also includes a "how to solder" video. Although this tutorial is for a Samsung 204T LCD monitor, the information found here can be applied to almost any monitor. Between the YouTube video on the Viewsonic monitor and the tutorial you should have no problem installing new capacitors in your LCD monitor. Good Luck!

Topic by sghill99 


Repair is the new recycling

I came across this and reallised that I 'totally agree with it!What do you think about this concept, idea?For more info visit Platform 21Thanks! Comodore

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how to repair UPS?

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repair a tire pump? Answered

Hand pump offers little to no resistance when pumping. loss of seal inside the pump cylinder.

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Vintage Heater Repair

I need a replacement heating element, D80, for a vintage elec. heater made by the Carborundum Co. of Niagara Falls.  Any help?

Question by carl.buergler.7   |  last reply


repairing a separated copper

I was assembling a 3D Xmas Tree from Velleman-Kit when one of the pads come off the board. Is there a way restore the connection so that the kit will work?

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plasma cutter repair?

I have a cebora plasma cutter that is in tacked and complete but doesn't work I'm having a problem with repair centers because theire isn't one with in 100miles from me and snap-on and other tool men who come around keep try ing to sell me a new one Ok to the point there's not much to these things I have basic knowledge in electronic ITT 3 semesters, divorce killed that, and hands on knowledge automotive industry 20 years, Where should I start in my trouble shooting Got to go Company showed up

Question by reinovator 


Classroom jeopardy repair

We are a non profit using the classroom jeopardy 8000 game for programs with adults and students, and have had great success with participation. We have run into problems with the signal recognition acting sporadically. The company educational insights no longer sells or services the product and we have no clue who we could go to for help. Who would know the how to with this great program ? Thanks for any help you can send our way.

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Power Tool Repair

I have an old Bosch electric drill (CSB 420E) which has started behaving strangely: Its speed has dropped greatly, and it sparks so much I could turn the lights off and still see what I'm doing. I suspect a fault in the armature or field coil, but they both look OK. Brushes seem ok as well. Any ideas? I'm reluctant to junk it because I am too mean to buy a new one.

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how to repair a stabilizer?

I have a v guard stabilizer- input voltage 280 and o/p voltage 200-250v,  now its not in working condition I want to rectify it myself, I opend it it consists one circuit board, and transformer and 2 relays, but I can't able to find how it works, I don't know how to check the transformer o/p because it getting i/p from circuit board and main phase connection is going to two relays and circuit board getting the i/p from transformer and main card its totally confused, so how can i check the transformer, circuit board weather realy is not working properly

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Instructions to repair movie camera Canon UC1A that will not playback sound?

Does anyone know how I can fix my Canon UC1A movie camera? It does not playback sound.

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Dremel just stopped

Hi I was using my Dremel with a saw attachment cutting wood half way in the Dremel just stopped. The spindle rotates cleanly I have checked the fuse etc which is fine   There were noises at all love my Dremel helps me a lot in my hobby repairing and repanting Model buses cash a little shirt so I can’t just go out and buy a new one 

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PLASTIC SCREEN CASE REPAIR

Hallo guys, I have a proble torching me last days. My wife owns a laptop made in Poland (aktino). Anyway iam fixing this so cause is about 8 years old running XP and i restorating, fixing all broken plastic parts, battery, i also put a wifi stick inside the empty space of the floppy disk. All work nice and also repaint all the case and added new stickers like new. once i will uploade the repairing moments but now my biggest proble is the external case of the monitor. Is broken appart in 3 pieces and the 2 of them I succeded to glue then very secure and tight but the third for an unknown reason wond be glued and this a kind of problem. Its not posible be different material than the whole case wich is glued perfectly please iam looking forward your suggestions and recommendations thanks in advance Agis68

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Windows XP Registry Repair

If your Windows XP has landed to a position where it has become nearly impossible to efficiently do any work, or it frequently crashes up or the system has obtained a habit of being hanged up in the middle of crucial activities. All these are symptoms that the registry has caused serious errors and the system requires registry repair. Occurring of registry errors is quite common in those operating systems which programs through Windows technology because as the system is being used, many programs are being installed and uninstalled, various hardware applications are added and removed, data files are created and deleted and various other such functions. A registry can be defined as the central point on any PC and is responsible to store the entire data which constitutes the core elements of the operating unit plus each and every other setting that is required during the course of using it. The time at which the data saved within the registry becomes corrupt, errors starts piling up in the back of the system which eventually surfaces with the passage of time. This can also be the main cause behind the slow startup of the Windows, random occurrences of Windows shutdown or several program errors that occur randomly and frequently. A Windows XP registry repair becomes necessary as the system ages because the quantity of programs and applications operated on it increases too. This increase in programming capabilities will create errors within the registry because of the accidents or mistakes made during the programming process. An example of this is that when the user is installing a new application and accidently the system turns off due to power failure or accidently unplugging of it. Since the downloading was still under process and was stopped abruptly, there are chances that some installation files are stored and incomplete configuration settings is now present in the registry because no way was provided to it to roll back to the application. These files, since are of no use for the system occupies not only space on the registry but can also create errors within it. In the course of performing a Windows XP registry repair, there are several options for doing this. The first way can be do it yourself by the use of primitive tools provided free of cost. The second option can be to buy registry cleaner software through which the registry will be cleaned automatically or the third way can be to render the services of a PC specialist and let him do the work for you. All the three options have some pros and cons in it. Performing a registry clean by yourself can be quite complicated as it is a very large area and fixing errors at your own might take a lot of time. Purchasing a registry cleaner on the other hand, is a good option if it has the features of analyzing and fixing the whole registry rather than certain area only. Rendering services of a specialist is also a good option but, it might be quite expensive touching to the limits of buying a new system in that price. About Author: This article is written by Jason Kelly, who also writes for www.registry-repair-tools.net, a site emphasizing on registry repair tool, windows registry repair, and windows xp registry repair.

Topic by franciscopmyers4 


Help with service/repair manuals

Anyone got any idea where I could find free service manuals on the net? I'm trying to repair my car audio system (Alpine CDA 7998R) but im stuck without much information. If anyone could help, what I'm looking at is a green pcb with D301-313 written on it, and it has a part named Q701 which looks like a very small ic with three legs at the bottom, and one at top, its surface mount and is blown up. It also has a delta sign on it with some design within, I cant read the rest of it cause its blown. Please help anyone, if you can... Whatever you may tell....

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Water-damaged PCB repair

So water leaked in to the General Electronic Module (GEM) on my pickup and now it's acting all funny. A/C runs when the ignition is off, randomly switching to 4L, airbag light chattering on and off, etc. I want to try and repair it. My intuition is that it just acts up when there's stray conductivity between traces/elements, so if I give it a good clean and keep it dry it should work like new.However, I noticed upon pulling it apart that there's some corrosion taking place. Can anyone suggest a good way to repair these traces/SMD resistors? I have a soldering iron but heavily oxidized things don't take solder well in my experience. Or should I just put some lacquer on it and not worry about it?Thanks!

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5th Generation Ipod repairs

Ok guys I wasn't quite sure whether to post this in the general forums or right here. I figured I would get more help here so here goes. My good friend washed her Ipod video 5th generation so she didn't want it and gave it to me.The only problem that is visible on this Ipod is a broken screen. But the problem that I'm concerned with is not the screen but the hard drive because I don't know if it's still functioning or not. Whenever I plug in the usb transfer cable, and hold the ipod up to my ear I can hear a tiny squeaking sound as if the hard drive is still spinning. I don't really know where to go from here guys so if anyone could offer advice on what to do next to figure out if the hard drive still works or not it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Dremel Micro Repair/Reuse

Recently at the end of 2016, I acquired a Dremel Micro cordless rotary tool from a garage sale/yard sale for about $20. I used it maybe 3 - 4 times until it didn't want to hold a charge for long. Basically when I put it on the charger, the LEDs scroll top/down indicating it is charging but after a minute or two they stop their normal scrolling sequence and they all stay lit up, which isn't even mentioned of in the manual. The fuel gauge battery indicator shows up red meaning it's near its battery life. At this point, I'm considering either to salvage the motor or buy a new battery for the dremel (which are 2 Sanyo 14650 batteries that are soldered onto a circuit board inside). I'm just wondering is there something that I have failed to do that would make the dremel not hold a charge? Thanks in advance!

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use's for self repairing armor

Lets say someone created self repairing amor (like in CRYSIS) what would it be uesd for? (besides for military use)

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Stock yagi anntenna repair?

I have a stock yagi wifi antenna,purchased online. An accicent broke the wifi adapter. Can I repair this using a USB wifi adapter? If so can someone please give me instructions. I live in a remote area and I miss my games.Thanks to all. P.S. This is an outdoor antenna,beam type.

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Repairing a record player turntable?

I just bought a record player, and the turntable (round plastic bit) is warped from the previous owner. Is there an easy fix for this, or should I just buy the new turntable?

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Chinese laser cutter repair

Anyone in Boston area able to provide or know of a source for service for these chinese made machines. We are a public high school, with an 8 thousand dollar 80 watt co2 paper weight.

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Lead Acid battery repair?

I have a dead  6  volt 4ah   lead acid battery and 12 v 190 amp  liquid  battery some one help me to bring it back to life 12 v battery i used with ups

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circuit board repair question

This little audio input jack broke off a circuit board.  I'm wondering if anyone knows what I need to do to fix it? You can see that there are 4 metal connectors which I assume a soldiering iron can easily fix.  But there is also an orange strip that snapped off of the little orange baseball home plate-shaped tab on the bottom of the jack.  Does anyone know what that is and the best way to repair it?  (The loose strand is right by where it says "CN6" on the board) I don't know anything about circuitry but was going to borrow a friend's soldiering iron. Thanks to anyone who can point me in the right direction! Phillip

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Emergency Dash Light - Repair

Hello All - I am attempting to repair an Emergency Dash Light for a friend of mine.  It has blue LED lights it is similar to the one pictured in this link:    http://www.1topstore.com/product_info.php?language=en&currency;=USD&products;_id=11981  Initially the unit had all 4 LEDs burned out I fond a source for them and replaced same all worked fine.  After reassembling the unit I discovered in final test that the controlling chip went bad.  I think the chip is a EEPROM at least the package is a DIP-8.  The device has a function select push button and there are 4 flashing formats; wig-wag, flash twice wig-wag, all steady on; all on flash.  Any suggestions? 

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Wildlife CCTV repair question

So, I accidentally agreed to fix a friend's IR wildlife camera,  which has had the cable mostly ripped off. I have three wires to solder back to a crowded circuit board, but I don't know which goes where, and I've never done SMT soldering like this. I've tried finding diagrams or manuals, but I haven't managed to yet. Does anybody have any ideas? (In the photos, the only wire soldered in place is the black one, and the jacks are the end of the cable away from the camera)

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Assistance with BD-P1600 Repair?

Has anyone ever attempted to fix a Samsung BD-P1600 Blu-Ray player after a bad firmware update? I'm like 90% of the way there. I've already been able to get it to boot after flashing it with the European XEF version of the software, but I cannot use most of the streaming features that originally came with the player, a side effect of the European software, and it has the wrong region. All I need now is the rootfs.bin file from and American, XAA, version of the software. If anyone has done this fix themselves than they would likely have this file somewhere if it hasn't already been deleted. I know its a long shot, but you never know. Also, as a general point of information, the firmware from the Samsung website is encrypted, so it's no help. Links to sites describing the repair process: http://www.avforums.com/threads/damaged-samsung-bd-p1620-after-firmware-upgrade.1218447/ http://www.avforums.com/threads/hacking-samsung-bd-p1620a-bd-p3600.1245419/ Edit: So I've discovered something which someone might be able to help me with even if they don't have the files. When it was first bricked and I cracked it open to try and repair it, I did a flash dump from the cfe into a file on my tftp server. More recently I copied partition 10 from the kernel to a flash drive, which supposedly is all the other partitions together, including the rootfs. When I compared this file to the flash dump from a year prior, the beginning part appeared exactly the same, so I though that by looking at the section in the copy of the partition that represents the rootfs, I could make a copy from the corresponding section in the flash dump and flash that as the rootfs. Sufficed to say, it didn't work, but just today I repeated the flash dump and found that it too is different than partition 10. It appears that beyond the first section of the file the flash dump has a completely different structure. When I compared the two sections in both flash dumps, they appeared very similar but has small differences in one section, which I would expect is a result of reflashing the rootfs. So now my question is is there a way to use the flash dump to repair the player? Edit: Additional question, I was wondering if I would be able to use the cfe to directly rewrite the section of the flash that is different. Fortunately, the cfe section of the flash appears to remain identical in all versions of the flash file I have, so I wont be rewriting that part, hopefully preventing it from being completely unbootable should something not work. My problem is that I am having problems figuring out how to reflash the nand from the cfe. I'm using the command: flash -offset=20000000 192.168.2.104:bh I keep getting the error: flash0: Device not found *** command status = -6 I think this is because the command did not specify a flash area to write to, so I did show devices and got:          uart0  16550 DUART at 0xB0400B00 channel 0          flash0.cfe  New NAND flash at 00000000 offset 00000000 size 1536KB       flash0.kernel  New NAND flash at 00000000 offset 00180000 size 5120KB       flash0.rootfs  New NAND flash at 00000000 offset 00680000 size 40960KB        flash0.pstor  New NAND flash at 00000000 offset 02E80000 size 8176KB       flash0.splash  New NAND flash at 00000000 offset 0367C000 size 1280KB    flash0.drmregion  New NAND flash at 00000000 offset 037BC000 size 128KB       flash0.rawnvr  New NAND flash at 00000000 offset 037DC000 size 768KB       flash0.macadr  New NAND flash at 00000000 offset 0389C000 size 16KB        flash0.nvram  New NAND flash at 00000000 offset 038A0000 size 128KB         flash0.swap  New NAND flash at 00000000 offset 038C0000 size 6400KB          flash0.bbt  New NAND flash at 00000000 offset 03F00000 size 1024KB          flash1.all  New NAND flash at 00000000 offset 00000000 size 65536KB                eth0  BCM7038 Internal Ethernet at 0xB0080000 I'm not sure which one to choose. When I dumped the flash I used the command: CFE>save 192.168.x.y:flash_dump 0x1fc00000 0x4000000 The definition of the save command is: save Save a region of memory to a remote file via TFTP   Any idea which part of the flash this is dumping from / which part I should write to?

Question by danielemur 


Help repairing a pair of headphones

First things first, they look like Beats, but I’m pretty sure these are knockoffs. Nonetheless, they sound pretty good, and I picked them up at Goodwill for a steal and love a challenge, so if someone is interested on taking on this electronics mystery with me I’d be incredibly grateful.Context: I’ve tinkered on and off with consumer electronics for a while now, am okay at soldering and have an okay knowledge of how more basic circuits work. Otherwise, I'm pretty beginner but generally a quick learner and would be happy to try any of your suggestions. The previous owner attempted to replace the AAA battery holding component with a rechargeable lithium ion battery - only problem was there was no way to charge the battery. Not a huge deal, fixed the headphones to run on AAAs again as they were originally intended. That said, pressing and holding the power button powers the headphones on, but also is the Bluetooth connection button on the board (image at the imgur link below) there is an icon for both the connection functionality and the power around the same button. The headphones power on, work, and sound great when you're holding the button down, but once you let go they turn off. So, it’s a momentary switch with no latch to keep it held down - not ideal. That said, I’ve tested jumping the switch so it gets constant power without holding the button down, and while the headphones power on, connect to my phone, and work, because it seems the power button and bluetooth button are one in the same, the headphones continue to look for Bluetooth devices and makes a periodic and infuriating beeping sound about every fifteen seconds. Based on the pictures of the board below (pictured with, and without button attached) can anyone figure out what the problem might be? Or point me in the right direction for further tests to run?Front of the board, with buttons.Front of the board, with power/bluetooth button removedBack of the board, held upright with power/bluetooth button side up

Question by WarpStar 


Brass Vietnam Zippo repair.. Help!

Any one experienced with repair of small gauge hinge's, or is familiar with Zippo's repair? I need help... :) Please... I have two '67 '68 Vietnam brass Zippo's... They have been authenticated. One of which, has a broken hinge. I was interested in repairing it, as on the base side it has disintergrated. I am hesitant to send it to Zippo... As I believe, it is still under warranty yet I am worried that a standard hinge replacement would look odd.... as they won't age the brass etc... Could come back looking bad... Although I know, Zippo is great at servicing them! It already has ALOT, of pewter throughout the brass... Obviously fairly rusted out at some stage... And I was wondering, has anyone used pewter to mend brass before? I'm sure it's not common practice, because of colour differences etc.. Perhaps I should call Zippo to find out first hand.... Just for interest sake... Has anyone got the same inscription... I haven't seem the second of these before... I'd be interested if it is a generic quote or written be the owner... "I'VE LOVED EVERY INCH OF THE LAND I STAND, I'LL DIE BEFORE I RUN" Tactical Air Command:- "CAME DOWN THE HELL, FELL DOWN THE GOD" Any help would appreciated. Thanks! ;) Sorry about the cruddy phone pics... Doesn't really do them justice... :(

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DVD player: Burned circuit repair

My old-ish dvd player (with surround amp) suddenly broke as I turned it on. The speakers began to hum, and as I immediately switched it off, a column of smoke actually rose from underneath it's hood, stinking off fried component... I've opened the player/amp, and immediately located 2 user-accessible fuses that are definitely bust. However, something elsewhere must have broken/shorted, thus causing these fuses to blow (obviously). Is it possible to locate the source of the problems, and perhaps replace the components? I was hoping to find some unmistakable signs of fire, or some exploded caps. Some components do seem to be fried, but how can I be sure I've found the damaged ones? Also, from my intermediate engineer's point of view, my diagnosis is that someone has, at some time, spilled something into the player (note the pools of goo highlighted in the photos attached to this post), which may have shorted out some components. If anyone has some tips to help me along, it would be great! Please have a look at the photo :) - JK

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REPAIR frigidaire microwave 2 years old model # FPHD2491KF0......

When iI just turned it on ...it made a pop sound and a strong electric burning smell...now nothing is working..lights or display... outlet is good?  any ideas on how and what to do?????   I spoke to Firgidaire and they are willing to sell me a megatron... could that be it and how hard is it to replace......Ken

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flush cooling system on a 1972 corvair?

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Western Digital My Book - How do I replace the USB data connector?

USB connector problem: the USB data connector of my WD My Book external hard drive has broke off. The plastic receptacle that is installed in the drive has broken off in the male connector at the end of the cable. Can I repair this connector and get a new usb cable?

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replace head gaskets on a northstar engine?

have to replace both head gaskets on wifes car. cannot find any info or factory manuals any where. any and all info needed thanks

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replace head gaskets on a northstar engine?

have to replace both head gaskets on wifes car. cannot find any info or factory manuals any where. any and all info needed thanks

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how long after i publish an instructable can it be found on the site?

I just published an instructable but cant find it, after how long can i find it thanks glendalf

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Printing a PDF file.

I am a member with User Name, Password, etc. When  I attempt to download or print a PDF file, the site tells me I must become a member. What's the secret here??

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How do I test the switch on my HP Pavilion?

I know how to use a continuity tester but what 2 contacs will lite up the tester bulb if the switch is good?

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How do I un-clip these wires from this circuit board without damaging the board or wires?

On my most recent project I am working repairing a Magnavox Cassette player and in order to get to the main board I need to unhook these wires. Anyone know how to do it without damaging anything. It looks like a push wire connector. The connector itself doesn't uncouple like on most of the ones I've seen before. I think some how the wires themselves unplug. Maybe some kind of catch release? I suppose I could desolder them. But it seems to me that they should disconnect for regular service. Has anyone come across these clips before?

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how do i replace dash lights on an 01 subaru outback ?

My light went out behind my odometer on my subaru , it is the only light that is out. it is digital . or is there a seperate fuse for that ? But all the other lights are ok. Is there a way of replacing just the bulb itself ?

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Autorange Brymen BM511?

I have an unusual problem. My BM511 will not auto-range and readings on VDC are odd. A 1.5v battery initially shows OL, then 00.61, 001.5 then 0002V as you manually step up through the range of the meter using the 'range' button. I suspect it has been burnt, either the input protection, bridge or scale divider. As I do not have a diagram i cannot fault find. Does anyone have a circuit diagram for the Brymen BM511 DMM. Thanks in advance. Regards, KH

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how do i fix my keyboard on my compaq presario c715 laptoP?

The top row of letters Q-P do not work, except for the U key which repeats constantly. the same problem exists for the bottom row of Z-M with the M repeating.  i've tried numerous driver updates, checks, etc, and even system restores. Nothing has worked. And to the best of my knowledge, nothing was spilled on to it, nor was it dropped or stepped upon.  Please help. I prefer any sites or step-by-step [visual] instructions on the process if possible. thanks!

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Fixing A CRT TV

I am planning on buying some classic consoles soon, (NES,SNES,SEGA Genesis,N64, etc) and I want to be able to play them on the kind of screen they were made for, a CRT. I have one that a friend gave me, but due to being moved a lot, and probably not gently, the picture has fallen out of alignment. Specifically it cuts off a large portion of the screen on the left, (leaving a thick space of black on the right) and is at a slight angle. It is not all that big of a shift, but it is a real pain in games with items in that section, because ammo counts, health bars, treasure chests, and even chunks of text can be hidden in that space. Could anyone tell me how to fix this issue? And how hard it is to do?

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What laptop fan do I need, and where I can I get it for a good price in the UK?

I think this is actually my first post here, although I've been following Instructables for a long time. Anyway, I thought someone here might be able to help me find the right parts. I have an Acer Aspire 7520 laptop.  I think the fan might be going south--it makes a horrible noise when it first starts up, then after a while it calms down but it seems to turn on and off more frequently than it should.  According to the computer itself (monitored with lm-sensors on Fedora) the temperatures of the various parts are within the normal range, so my guess is that the fan itself is malfunctioning. I'm a total novice but I think, based on previous experience, that I can take a shot at replacing the fan myself if I can figure out what part to buy and where to get it.  My google-fu seems to be failing me, though, and the only place I see to buy it is some random company called shop1mall, which I don't really trust, or various places in the US.  Acer customer service is useless--they will only book it in for a repair, not tell me the part number. Where can an ignorant person such as myself find a suitable replacement part?  I'm fairly new to the UK so I don't know all the places to look here, but so far Misco, Maplin, and PC World don't seem to carry a suitable part, or at least, I don't know how to tell whether the fans they sell will work with this laptop. Geez, sorry for the rambling message.  Any help is appreciated, though.

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