Advice for tape drive repair / maintenance
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Tue Dec 19 12:54:43 CST 2006
> Tony Duell wrote:
> and you will need a service manual for the machine (but hey, do you =
> have a machine that you don't have the service manual for?).
> Yes, many machines. I can buy a new VCR/DVD combination for $89 with a =
> year warrenty. Why would I want to waste a weekend repairing a worn out
> VCR? That is time much better spent playing with my own designs, =
Well, let's see...
I can either spend $10 on a set of rubber parts and take an afternoon
putting them in (at which point, said VCR will be good for another 2
years) or I can spend $89 and take an afternoon going to the shop,
bringing a new unit home, and figuring out how to connect it up and use
it. At which point I have a device assembled with lead-free solder,
soldered at too low a temperature, so it gets dry joints within a few
months. With plastic mechanical parts made from the cheapest plastic
imaginable that make a freebie toy look solid. I'd be lucky if that $89
machine lasted for a couple of weeks after the warrenty period...
Now guess which I am going to do...
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