I’ll be brief since I don’t like writing too much anymore. Part of the reason I have been so disconnected for the past two years. Projects kept going though, and here is a restoration I made to an old 1960 Magnavox 88-02-00 Tube Amplifier.
I’ve been entrusted with the task of repairing two iPod Nanos with issues, one of them has a problematic click-wheel and the other one the power button is broken which means you can’t turn it on anymore. Both repairs were successful, and as usual here are some pictures on how they were repaired.
Recently, I purchased an old Super Nintendo console system -SNES as commonly referred- to get some retro gaming action on. To my surprise, after hooking it up, I discovered that the power connector was broken, which prevented the power cable to supply the energy in a reliable way, sometimes the console wouldn’t even start.
To honor the spirit of making, I decided to play around with a GEMMA on Arduino Day. This little arduino powered micro-controller was developed by Adafruit Industries a cool NYC based company that sells electronic accessories, tools and equipment while teaching you how to use them in cool projects.
(this post is part of a series, for part 1 go here. )
Last time, we were working on getting the tranny cooler installed, we were able to choose a place where to put it, next step would be to actually connect it in series with the ATX (Automatic Transmission) and exchange the ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid) with the new one.
(this post is part of a series, for part 2 go here. )
Automatic transmissions are extremely vulnerable to heat. The additional size and number of moving parts creates more heat, which requires additional fluid capacity, and cooling. The Mazda 6 ATX (Automatic Transmission) takes 8.77 qts or 8.3 liters.
So looking around in the interballs, I came across a forum post detailing a mod that is commonly done to the US version Mazda 6 2000-2007 to make the tail lights turn on when the brakes are applied, as they normally only work when the parking lights are on. I realized then that my car being an European version, it would take a little bit more of effort.
Recently I was asked to repair an iPad mini with a cracked front assembly, most commonly known as digitizer. I ordered the part from iFixit which has a great selection of replacement parts for everything Apple, and more recently items from other brands like Samsung. They include parts for Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo consoles as well.
A friend of mine had an old HP MediaSmart Server. but it apparently had a bad power supply (the server didn’t boot when plugged into the wall), I asked for it and after some begging, he acceded to give it to me to see if I could do something with it. This signaled the start of a new project.