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    Arrg eMacs!

    Micro rant+lack of soldering ability....

    Thought I'd finally move onto repairing the second of my eMacs. Knew the problem was capacitor related and had replacement capacitors for a while...

    Open it up to find:




    4 hours later, 8 out of 9 replaced and two burnt fingertips. Can't get the last one in... leg snapped off the old one in the hole and there isn't enough to grip it at the bottom and I can't push it from the top. Plus I have no solder sucker... argh. If this doesn't work when I finally get that capacitor back in and the entire thing back together then sparks will fly (from me, not the eMac). xD

    Anyone else tried this kind of repair with one of these before or am I as mad as I look? :P

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    Is there any point, eMacs had their days yonks ago!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Is there any point, eMacs had their days yonks ago!
    If it was any less powerful then I'd probably not bother but they're not too bad... by G4 specs anyway. :P
    1.25ghz, 1gb, 80gb, superdrive... I can find a use for a Mac of that spec. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by OllieC View Post
    If it was any less powerful then I'd probably not bother but they're not too bad... by G4 specs anyway. :P
    1.25ghz, 1gb, 80gb, superdrive... I can find a use for a Mac of that spec. :P
    good luck with it

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    Best of luck - I hate replacing caps. Some boards can be bloody fiddly to work on so I know what you're going through!

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    I do it a lot more now than I used to: started off like yourself armed with pliers, soldering iron and burned fingers but invested in a sucker & some braid and the job's so much easier

    Replaced all the capacitors on my sound card a while ago to improve the quality, not something I'd want to do without a huge amount of patience and the right tools

    Go grab a sucker on ebay, can get them for 99p Especially useful if anyone asks you desperately to repair their Dell Optiplex

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    how do you discharge the capacitors on the emac ?

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    Will borrow a sucker from school on monday. :P

    And i just left it off for a few weeks while plugged in but with no power to the plug so it's earthed beforehand. Should've been enough time for any residual charge to drain... still wouldn't liek to fiddle with the CRT though, lol.

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    Helped out with community fair today so I managed to borrow performing arts' solder sucker... still not much luck though.

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    Wow, triple post... sorry. :P

    Just thought I'd post an update.... with a lot of help and hammering with a needle (not the best idea probably) we got through the clogged up hole and I present to you....

    Le eMac!



    Playing a DVD. :P It'd die after a few seconds of a DVD before... bad caps were related to the video output.

    Yay!

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    Result!

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    congratulations, always nice to get a good result like that!!

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    Thanks hehe, can't stand seeing stuff that's fixable being chucked out.



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