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How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

Book Description

A Fully Revised Guide to Electronics Troubleshooting and Repair

Repair all kinds of electrical products, from modern digital gadgets to analog antiques, with help from this updated book. How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic, Second Edition, offers expert insights, case studies, and step-by-step instruction from a lifelong electronics guru. Discover how to assemble your workbench, use the latest test equipment, zero in on and replace dead components, and handle reassembly. Instructions for specific devices, including stereos, MP3 players, digital cameras, flat-panel TVs, laptops, headsets, and mobile devices are also included in this do-it-yourself guide.

  • Choose the proper tools and set up your workbench
  • Ensure personal safety and use proper eye and ear protection
  • Understand how electrical components work and why they fail
  • Perform preliminary diagnoses based on symptoms
  • Use test equipment, including digital multimeters, ESR meters, frequency
    counters, and oscilloscopes
  • Interpret block, schematic, and pictorial diagrams
  • Disassemble products and identify sections
  • Analyze circuits, locate faults, and replace dead parts
  • Re-establish connections and reassemble devices

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. About the Author
  6. Contents
  7. Foreword
  8. Acknowledgment
  9. Introduction
  10. CHAPTER 1 Prepare for Blastoff: Fixing Is Fun!
    1. Repair: Why Do It?
    2. Is It Always Worth It?
  11. CHAPTER 2 Setting Up Shop: Tools of the Trade
    1. Must-Haves
      1. A Good Place to Work
      2. Digital Multimeter
      3. ESR Meter
      4. Oscilloscope
      5. Soldering Tools
      6. Desoldering Tools
      7. Hand Tools
      8. Magnifier
      9. Clip Leads
      10. Swabs
      11. Chemicals
      12. Heatsink Grease
      13. Heat-Shrink Tubing
      14. Electrical Tape
      15. Small Cups
      16. Internet Access
    2. Nice-to-Haves
      1. Digital Camera
      2. Power Supply
      3. Testers, Signal Generators and Meters
      4. Isolation Transformer
      5. Stereo Microscope
      6. Bench Vise
      7. Hot-Air Rework Station
      8. Hot-Melt Glue Gun
      9. Magnet on a Stick
      10. Cyanoacrylate Glue
      11. Component Cooler Spray
      12. Data Books
      13. Parts Assortment
      14. Scrap Boards for Parts
    3. Wish List
      1. Inductance Meter
      2. Logic Analyzer
      3. Spectrum Analyzer
      4. BGA Rework Station
  12. CHAPTER 3 Danger, Danger! Staying Safe
    1. Electric Shock
    2. Physical Injury
    3. Your Turn
      1. Electrical Damage
      2. Physical Damage
    4. You Fixed It! Is It Safe?
      1. ATE: Always Test Everything!
  13. CHAPTER 4 I Fix, Therefore I Am: The Philosophy of Troubleshooting
    1. Why Things Work in the First Place
    2. Products as Art
    3. If It Only Had a Brain
    4. The Good, the Bad and the Sloppy
    5. Mistakes Beginners Make
    6. That’s How It Goes
    7. History Lessons
    8. Initial Evaluation
    9. Use Your Noodle: Case Histories
  14. CHAPTER 5 Naming Names: Important Terms, Concepts and Building Blocks
    1. Electrical Concepts
    2. Circuit Concepts
    3. Signal Concepts
    4. Building Blocks
  15. CHAPTER 6 Working Your Weapons: Using Test Equipment
    1. Digital Multimeter
    2. ESR Meter
    3. Oscilloscope
    4. Soldering Iron
    5. Desoldering Tools
    6. Power Supply
    7. Transistor Tester
    8. Capacitance Meter
    9. Signal Generator
    10. Frequency Counter
    11. Analog Meter
    12. Contact Cleaner Spray
    13. Component Cooler Spray
  16. CHAPTER 7 What Little Gizmos Are Made Of: Components
    1. Capacitors
    2. Crystals and Resonators
    3. Crystal Clock Oscillators
    4. Diodes and Rectifiers
    5. Fuses
    6. Inductors and Transformers
    7. Integrated Circuits
    8. Op Amps
    9. Resistors
    10. Potentiometers
    11. Relays
    12. Switches
    13. Transistors
    14. Voltage Regulators
    15. Zener Diodes
  17. CHAPTER 8 Road Maps and Street Signs: Diagrams
    1. Hooked on Tronics
      1. Call Numbers
    2. Good, Not Bad and Miserable Schematics
    3. Once Upon a Time…
      1. Amplifier Stage
      2. Switching Power Supply
      3. Push-Pull Audio Amplifier
      4. Mega Maps
    4. Give It a Try
      1. Radios
      2. CD and DVD Players
      3. Keep Reading
    5. But I Ain’t Got One!
    6. Your Wish Is Not My Command: Case History
  18. CHAPTER 9 Entering Without Breaking: Getting Inside
    1. Removing Outside Screws
    2. Separating Snaps
    3. Removing Ribbons
    4. Pulling Wire Connectors
    5. Layers and Photos
    6. Opening a Shut Case
      1. Receivers and Amplifiers
      2. VCRs, CD and DVD Players
      3. TVs and LCD Monitors
      4. Turntables
      5. Video Projectors
      6. Portable DVD Players with LCD Screens
      7. MP3 Players
      8. PDAs
      9. Smartphones and Tablets
      10. Camcorders
      11. Digital Cameras
      12. Laptop Computers
      13. AC Adapters
  19. CHAPTER 10 What the Heck Is That? Recognizing Major Features
    1. Power to the Circuit: Power Supplies
    2. Follow the Copper-Lined Road: Input
    3. Shake, Bake, Slice and Dice: Signal Processing
    4. Out You Go: Output Stages
    5. A Moving Tale: Mechanisms
    6. Danger Points
  20. CHAPTER 11 A-Hunting We Will Go: Signal Tracing and Diagnosis
    1. Dead
    2. Comatose or Crazy
    3. Alive and Awake but Not Quite Kicking
    4. Sometimes Yes, Sometimes No
    5. To and Fro
    6. All the World’s a Stage
    7. Check, Please
    8. When All Else Fails: Desperate Measures
  21. CHAPTER 12 Presto Change-O: Circuit Boards and Replacing Components
    1. Through-Hole Parts
    2. Surface-Mount Components
    3. Choosing Components
      1. Parts Machines
    4. Substitutes
      1. Capacitors
      2. Diodes
      3. Relays
      4. Resistors
      5. Transistors
      6. Zeners
    5. Installing the New Parts
      1. Through-Hole
      2. SMT
    6. Finding Parts
    7. Saving Damaged Boards
    8. LSI and Other Dirty Words
  22. CHAPTER 13 That’s a Wrap: Reverse-Order Reassembly
    1. Common Errors
    2. Getting Started
    3. Reconnecting Ribbons
    4. Oops! Broken Latch
    5. Layers and Cups and Screws, Oh My!
    6. Oh, Snap!
    7. Screwing It Up Without Screwing It Up
    8. When You Had to Break In
    9. Done!
  23. CHAPTER 14 Pesky Parts and Persnickety Problems
    1. Automotive-Related Problems
    2. Condenser Microphones
    3. Push My Buttons
    4. LCDs: Liquid-Crystal Disasters
    5. Lithium Batteries
  24. CHAPTER 15 Aces Up Your Sleeve: Tips and Tricks for Specific Circuits and Products
    1. Linear Power Supplies
    2. Switching Power Supplies
    3. Audio Amplifiers and Receivers
    4. Digital Still Cameras
    5. Disc Players and Recorders
    6. Earbuds and Headsets
    7. Flat-Panel Displays and TVs
    8. Hard Drives
    9. Laptop Computers
    10. MP3 Players
    11. Remote Controls
    12. Smartphones and Tablets
    13. VCRs and Tape-Based Camcorders
    14. Video Projectors
    15. Have At It!
  25. GLOSSARY
    1. Common Circuits
  26. INDEX