Master the Art of Electronics Repair
In this hands-on guide, a lifelong electronics repair guru shares his tested techniques and invaluable insights. How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic shows you how to repair and extend the life of all kinds of solid-state devices, from modern digital gadgetry to cherished analog products of yesteryear.
You'll start by selecting the tools and test equipment you'll need and setting up your workbench. Then, you'll get familiar with components and how they form circuits, stages, and sections of a device. Next, you'll learn how to take a product apart, figure out what's wrong with it, replace components, and reassemble it. Real-world case studies help clarify the topics covered. Tips and tricks for specific devices, such as optical disc players, computers, and video recorders, are also included in this practical resource.
Set up a workbench and equip it with tools and test instruments
Ensure personal safety and avoid electrical and physical damage to devices
Understand electrical units, circuits, and signals
Use test equipment, including a digital multimeter, signal generator, frequency counter, and an oscilloscope
Repair circuit boards and replace parts
Work with components, from capacitors and ICs to transistors and zeners
Learn to read block, schematic, and pictorial diagrams
Disassemble devices and identify sections and stages
Troubleshoot and diagnose to the component level
Perform reverse-order reassembly
Table of contents
Chapter 1. Prepare for Blastoff: Fixing is Fun!; Chapter 2. Setting Up Shop: Tools of the Trade; Chapter 3. Danger, Danger! Staying Safe; Chapter 4. I Fix, Therefore I Am: The Philosophy of Troubleshooting; Chapter 5. Naming Names: Important Terms, Concepts and Building Blocks; Chapter 6. Working Your Weapons: Using Test Equipment; Chapter 7. What Little Gizmos Are Made Of: Components; Chapter 8. Roadmaps and Street Signs: Diagrams; Chapter 9. Entering Without Breaking: Getting Inside; Chapter 10. What the Heck is That: Recognizing Major Features; Chapter 11. A-Hunting We Will Go: Signal Tracing and Diagnosis; Chapter 12. Presto Change-o: Circuit Boards and Replacing Components; Chapter 13. That's a Wrap: Reverse-Order Reassembly; Chapter 14. Aces Up Your Sleeve: Tips and Tricks for Specific Products; Glossary; Index
Michael Jay Geier began operating a neighborhood electronics repair service at age eight that was profiled in The Miami News. He went on to work in numerous electronics service centers as the "tough dog" tech, solving cases that baffled the other servicers. Michael was a pioneer in the field of augmentative communications systems, helping to develop speech synthesis systems for children with cerebral palsy. He has written technology features for Electronic Engineering Times, Desktop Engineering, IEEE Spectrum, The Envisioneering Newsletter, 73 Amateur Radio Today, and Radio Fun.