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March 22nd, 2002
05:04 am
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An appeal for charity
Alright, here's the situation: I need to borrow an (amateur or professional) electrician. One that lives in or near Seattle.

I am, or should say was, the proud owner of a Duo Dock for my Powerbook Duo 2300. A "Duo Dock" is a mounting unit for the laptop that turns it into a desktop unit; it also includes all of the bells and whistles that the laptop itself doesn't. Little trivial things like, oh, an Ethernet port so that I can upload files from my laptop to other computers or the Internet. (As the Duo does not have any removable-media drives, nor any SCSI port to plug an external hard drive into, this is somewhat critical if I plan on using the computer for anything of consequence.)

The Duo Dock, a month or two ago, died. I tried fiddling around with it myself, figuring it might just be some part getting jammed; to no avail. I finally looked up the problem on the 'net and discovered that my problem was so common it has acquired a name -- the tick of death. (Alternate link: here.) In short, a capacitor in the power supply goes wonky (the ticking it it improperly charging) and the dock can't get power.

Partwise, this is a $1.50 fix, and well-documented on both of the pages linked to above. However, it requires several things I do not possess:

  • A soldering iron and hopefully a desoldering tool;
  • A Torx T10 screwdriver;
  • the expertise to open up a computer's power supply and mess around with the voltage-containing thingies inside without causing oneself to thereby perish in a way completely unworthy of a $1.50 repair.

Also, before anyone asks: The Duo Dock is such a rare item these days (the problem is common among Duo Dock owners, a rare breed) that if I were going to buy a new power supply I might as well just toss the computer and start over. Random price check: $85, which is more than the Dock cost me in the first place.

So. Is anyone in Seattle willing to have me owe them a favor and/or take them out to dinner, in exchange for getting my poor beleaguered laptop back online and making me a happy dragon?

If so, my thanks in advance.

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Date:March 22nd, 2002 11:24 am (UTC)
Have a picture of the cap on the board? I can do this sort of thing, but if it is packed in to much my vision just isn't up to snuff for it.
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Date:March 23rd, 2002 05:53 am (UTC)


Both of the links in the original post (above) have detailed instructions for locating it. The first link of the two has many links to pictures of the process. Two of the pictures do show the capacitor itself; it's kind of wedged in there, not terribly accessible in my opinion, but you should probably go check it out yourself.

Hmmm. Check here or here for the pictures directly, without trying to find them on the page.

Thanks for your interest, at any rate. :)

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Date:March 23rd, 2002 09:52 am (UTC)

Re: Pictures

Well, if you get no other takers that actually looks like a pretty easy one to do.
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Date:April 6th, 2002 03:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Pictures

I'm sorry it's taken me so long to reply; I've been on vacation in California for most of the last two weeks.

But, no, I haven't heard from anyone else who has volunteered to work on my Duo Dock. Are you still willing to take a look at it? If so, could you drop me an e-mail (baxil @ tomorrowlands.org) and we can make arrangements?

One way or another, thank you. ]B=8)

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