Friday, December 10, 2010

Got a broken TV for free

Basically you hit the power button and nothing happens. I know nill when it comes to electronics, but my first suspicion here is that it's either the fuse, or a lose wire in the power supply area.

So I open the baby up, locate the fuse, take it out, test it, bingo, it's dead. Then I figure, it must have blown for a reason, but on the other hand, the power at the location it came from is VERY flaky, so maybe it was just a surge or brownout.

I get a pair of crocodile clips to jumper the terminals as a final test to see if everything else works ok. I make sure the power switch is off, plug in the power cord, stand back, plug it into my extension cord, nothing happens. Good, since there should not be anything that happens. I unplug it, turn the switch on, plug it in. ZZZZZZZZZAPOOF!! With a series of sparks and crazy palatine force effects all around a toroid, and then the magic smoke poofs away. At this point I unplugged it fast thinking "woah, that was pretty cool". It's the last show that will ever play on that TV. :giggle: At this point any damage done would probably not evne be worth fixing even if I knew what I was doing.

TV opened:


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