This Mirror Site of the Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ maintained by William R. Walsh.
Welcome to this
Welcome to the Sci.Electronics.Repair
Frequently Asked Question(s)
(or S.E.R FAQ for short) Home Page. This site features
Samuel M. Goldwasser's latest and greatest "Notes on the
Troubleshooting and Repair of..." series of comprehensive repair guides for
consumer electronics equipment and other household devices. There is also a
great deal of other information of interest to the electronics hobbyist,
experimenter, technician, engineer, and possibly even the dentist and poet.
Included are the now quite comprehensive and massive "Sam's Laser FAQ",
many new schematics, and links to over 1,000 technology related sites. In
addition, there are a variety of documents from other sources on electronics
troubleshooting, repair, and other related topics.
If you know of something that is incorrect or missing from this site or
simply have comments, friendly complaints, requests, or additions, please make
use of the absolutely and positively fabulous
Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ Search on Drexel Mirror Site
The following provides a fast search facility but it is currently only
present on the S.E.R FAQ mirror site at Drexel University which is maintained up
to date almost daily.
Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ Sites
Please check the Home and Mirror
Site Locations page to identify the best site for your needs. This is
important for several reasons:
link below takes you directly to the collection of formatted documents at this
site. This is probably what you want:
- Not all of these Web sites have the same collection of documents or the
same versions of these documents.
- Accessing a site near your physical position on this planet (or elsewhere)
should help to minimize Net traffic and hopefully reduce your World Wide Wait.
- This will also help to distribute the load among the sites (excessive load
was the cause of the disaster with our former RepairFAQ.org ISP).
Sam's Laser FAQA major portion of the Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ is the
document: "LASERS: Safety, Info, Links, Parts, Types, Drive, Construction" which
has a great deal of information on a variety of laser related topics including a
comprehensive treatment of diode, helium-neon, argon/krypton ion, and CO2 lasers
as well as amateur laser construction including numerous examples of truly
home-built lasers. Much of this is not available anywhere else either on-line or
in print! Yes, I know what you are thinking: "I hadn't noticed that any of my
multitude of lasers were broken...", but so be it. :-)
This document is also available at many sites worldwide. As above,
check the Home
and Mirror Site Locations page to identify the best site for your needs.
- Sam's Laser
FAQ - A Practical Guide to Lasers for Experimenters and Hobbyists.
Silicon Sam's Technology ResourceThe SSTR documents are where my
contributions to the S.E.R FAQ start out but the large repair guides of the
"Notes on the Troubleshooting and Repair of...." series may not be as nicely
formatted (i.e., once Filip gets through indexing and cross-referencing them).
In general, additions to SSTR are minor. Therefore, the solutions to your
problems are likely to be accessible via the S.E.R FAQ pages - and in a much
more user-friendly form! However, if you long for the thrill of dealing with raw
ASCII (not even brain-dead HTML) or are desperate for bits that are hot off my
computer's hard drive, check out:
This collection is
also available at many sites worldwide. As above, check the Home and Mirror
Site Locations page to identify the best site for your needs.
Please Read at Least OnceA word about the philosophy of this site:
These pages are declared to be a fluff-free zone! There will be no unnecessary,
superfluous, or useless graphics of any kind - including but not limited to:
dancing, gyrating, or other animated icons, colored textured backgrounds that
are impossible to read through, or forced downloading of bit intense pictures
that may be of no interest to you. Nor, will I ever expect you to use a
particular brand of Web browser to be able to effectively access these pages.
There are and never will be any advertisements, cookies, or other impositions on
your time and space. In the time that it may take wading through a single
monstrosity of the professional Web page designers at other sites, you will be
able to find out what you want to know, when you want to know it! What a
concept. :-) (Note, however, that your browser needs to be configured properly
to make sense of the many ASCII diagrams, schematics, and tables. See the
Browser Settings for font and other related information.)
In return for this gold mine of information, please make a serious effort to
find the answers to your questions before contacting me. It may take just a wee
bit of effort and could stress a few neurons in the process, but there is an
excellent chance that what you seek is covered at these sites. Should you be
really stuck, I will respond to email in a timely manner. However, if your
question indicates that you haven't even gotten past the Main Menu, AND I am in
a good mood, you will get a somewhat polite reply to read the #$%& FAQs. On
the other hand, if it is a bad day, and you are really really lucky, you will
probably be ignored. In any case, I expect to be able to hit the reply key for
my mail program and not get bounced email. I will not attempt to unjumble any
anti-SPAM email addresses! I have posted over 20,000 articles to the USENET
newsgroups using my true email address. (And, you won't pick up SPAM via private
email anyhow.) Yes, SPAM is a pain but I tolerate the small amount I get so
others will not be inconvenienced.
Note: I NEVER send email attachments. If you receive a message supposedly
from one of my addresses with any sort of attachment, it is bogus and possibly a
virus. Someone's address book includes my address and their computer is
infected. Send me the complete headers and I'll attempt to check it out, or just
Where you have a model specific repair question, it will probably be more
expedient to post a complete but concise description of your problem including
manufacturer, model, symptoms, and what you have already tried, directly to the
USENET newsgroup: sci.electronics.repair. I really don't
have access to that much model specific service information - and that is
probably what I will tell you to do anyway! See the document: Troubleshooting and
Repair of Consumer Electronic Equipment for more information. Or, consult a
Tech-Tips database to see if your specific problem has already been
solved a million times. See the document: On-Line Tech-Tips