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S3 Power Supply Repair

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by uw69, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. windracer

    windracer joined the 10k club

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    New power supply arrived, I installed it, and my S3 is happy again.
     
  2. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    Good to hear. I guess summer was the best time to have a problem like that. At least was not in the fall.
     
  3. uw69

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    A quick followup, after figuring out which end of the soldering iron to use :), I replaced 4 capacitors that were bulging and the power supply works fine now.

    While soldering is something I think anyone can do, to do it well requires a lot of skill and practice. But for those first timers like me, soldering can be accomplished by a novice. :up:
     
  4. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    See, I told you that you could do it.:up:
     
  5. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    Great! I disagree that soldering well requires a lot of skill and practice. For a person of average skill, doing 10 or 20 joints should be enough practice. You need some knowledge of what good and bad joints look like and common mistakes that result in bad joints, but that can easily be acquired from the web or a friend who knows. IMHO it doesn't begin to require the skill and practice that good golfing does. :D
     
  6. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Allow me to amend your remarks to indicate that we're talking about through-hole, single layer circuit board soldering here.

    Surface mount device removal and replacement, like crypto-chip swapping, isn't where one wants to begin learning to solder.
     

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