Silicon Sam's Technology Resource


Electronics (and more) Repair Guides
Laser and Other Information

Welcome to Samuel M. Goldwasser's latest and most fabulous "Notes on theTroubleshooting and Repair of..." series of comprehensive repairguides for consumer electronic equipment and other household devices.Detailed diagnostic and repair procedures are provided for: small electricalappliances, audio equipment, TVs, VCRs, CD players, computer monitors,microwave ovens, even lawn mowers - and much much more!There are alsoarticles on the testing of various types of electronic components without fancytest equipment, 100 complete repair briefs including diagnosticprocedures - not just solutions, repair related stories, pinouts for commonchips and hybrids, and the list goes on and on.

Basic information includes essential safety guidelines when working on highvoltage and/or AC line powered devices as wellas a complete document on getting started in electronics troubleshooting.Some of its topics are: diagnostic tips and rules-of-thumb; recommended tools,supplies, and parts inventory, test and ancillary equipment; schematics forsome easy to build incredibly handy widgets(tm); soldering and desoldering;sources of information in print and on-line; parts sources; and how to perfectdiagnostic and repair skills.

In addition, there is a great deal of other information on a variety of areasof technology.This is all now part of Silicon Sam'sTechnology Resource.

Sam's Laser FAQhas a great deal of information on a variety of laser and optics relatedtopics including a comprehensive treatment of diode, helium-neon,argon/krypton ion, and CO2 lasers as well as amateur laserconstruction including numerous examples of truly home-builtlasers. Much of this is not available anywhere else either on-line orin print!

Also included are documents on video conversion,use of fixed frequency monitors on PCs, international power, fluorescentand discahrge lamps, many newschematics, salvaging useful parts, links to over 1,000 technologyrelated sites - and much much more.

This resource was developed specifically for the Do-It-Yourselfer,electronics experimenter, hobbyist, technician, engineer, and possibly evenincluding the dentist and poet!To the best of my knowledge, it representsby far the largest most in depth collection of on-line information of itstype - anywhere.

Search the Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ (including Silicon Sam's Technology Resource and Sam's Laser FAQ)

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The links below take you directly to the documents at this site:The documents at Sam'sHome ( will normally bethe latest and greatest.However, the large FAQs of the "Notes on theTroubleshooting and Repair of..." series located at the variousSci.Electronics.Repair FAQ sites under the "S.E.R FAQ Main Table of Contents"pages may be more nicely formatted with complete tables of contents,cross-linking, and feedback forms for comments as well as complements,corrections, or complaints.The most popular of these are also availablein convenienct small segments or as a single file.Thereis also a lot of additional information and links beyond what I have written.

For all of these documents, please check the Homeand Mirror Site Locations page to identify the best site for your needs.


A word about the philosophy of this site:These pages are declared to be afluff-free zone!There will be no unnecessary, superfluous, or uselessgraphics of any kind - including but not limited to: dancing, gyrating, orother animated icons, colored textured backgrounds that are impossible toread through, or forced downloading of bit intense pictures that may be of nointerest to you.Nor, will I ever expect you to use a particular brand ofWeb browser to be able to effectively access these pages.There are and neverwill be any advertisements, cookies, or other impositions on your time andspace.In the time that it may take wading through a single monstrosity ofthe professional Web page designers at other sites, you will be able to findout 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 makesense of ASCII diagrams, schematics, and tables.See the document:Suggested Browser Settings for font and otherrelated information.)

In return for this gold mine of information, please make a serious effort tofind the answers to your questions before contacting me.It may take just awee bit of effort and could stress a few neurons in the process, but there isan excellent chance that what you seek is covered at these sites.Should yoube really stuck, I will respond to email in a timely manner.However, if yourquestion indicates that you haven't even gotten past the Main Menu, AND I amin 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, youwill probably be ignored.In any case, I expect to be able to hit the replykey for my mail program and not get bounced email.I will not attempt tounjumble any anti-SPAM email addresses!I have posted over 20,000 articles tothe USENET newsgroups using my true email address. (And, you won't pick up SPAMvia private email anyhow.)Yes, SPAM is a pain but I tolerate the smallamount I get so others will not be inconvenienced.

Note: I NEVER send email attachments.If you receive a message supposedly fromone of my addresses with any sort of attachment, it is bogus and possibly avirus.Someone's address book includes my address and their computer isinfected.Send me the complete headers and I'll attempt to check it out, orjust delete it.

Where you have a model specific repair question, it will probably bemore 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 reallydon't have access to that much model specific service information - and that isprobably what I will tell you to do anyway!See the document:Troubleshooting and Repair of ConsumerElectronic Equipment for more information.Or, consult a Tech-Tipsdatabase to see if your specific problem has already been solved a milliontimes.See the document: On-Line Tech-TipsDatabases.

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