Hardware Hacking & Repair

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[edit] Electronics Hardware Hacking & Repair, a.k.a. Fix Club

[edit] An open-ended hardware hacking/repair class teaching the basics of repairing electronics/computer stuff like:

  • flat screen TVs / monitors
  • headphones / headphone cables
  • ATX power supply / general power supply repair
  • battery care (and reviving "dead" Li-ion packs")
  • basics of laptop repair

[edit] When is the class?

Monday, Sept 21 at 8PM 2015. The class will go until 10PM.

[edit] Where is the class being taught?

The class will be taught in the Turing classroom at Noisebridge. The address is:

2169 Mission St.
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94110

The gate to the space should be open while the class is in session. If not, you can read up on getting into the space by clicking here.

The Turing Classroom is the smaller room next to the wood shop. Feel free to ask around and there will also be a sign posted nearby as well.

[edit] What do I need to know?

The class is more focused on an Intermediate level for those that already know how to solder. Everyone should be welcome though, and there will be a simultaneous class on how to solder in the other room. It would be super nice if people are at least familiar with the basic electronics parts such as resistors, capacitors, diodes, etc. but I will go over some of this in basic detail.

I will also try hard to keep it open for suggestions so people can pick my brain as to things I've repaired over my 10+ years doing this stuff.

I will bring some monitors, power supplies, laptops, and cables to hack. The class format is organized as follows:

1- Introductions
2- Quick Basic Soldering / Basic Tools Overview (See Circuit Hacking Mondays for more)
3- Basics on Wire & Cable Repair with focus on Headphones, power cables, etc.
4- Batteries: "Get The Most Out of A Charge" - Maintenance & Repair
5- Basic Laptop Repair: Diagnosing Errors and Hardware Issues. How to properly take apart, replace RAM, HDs, etc.
6- Power Supplies: How They Work, Where They Go Wrong. Primary / Secondary voltages, Transformers, FETs, etc.
7- Application of Power Supply knowledge for Monitor / Flat Screen repairs
8- Q&A

This format is somewhat flexible and could change depending on participant interest.

[edit] How much does this class cost?

While this class is free (as are all classes taught at Noisebridge), a donation of around $5 would be greatly appreciated toward the cost of the components that I am bringing to the class, but no one will be turned away.

After attending the class, if you feel this was beneficial for you (and we think it will be!), we'd really appreciate a donation to Noisebridge to fund our ongoing renovation and lasting presence in the city.

[edit] How can I get more information?

Email: Organic_unity [at] yahoo [dot] com for more info. Or sign up for the Noisebridge Email list (instructions on this wiki) & post to the Discuss list (ask for Zach) My website: http://www.freewebs.com/vgmods

[not updated in quite a while though ;P]


[edit] Self-Repair Merit Badge

If you fix your own thing, you can earn the IFixit Self-Repair Merit Badge.

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