My name is Zakk and I studied IT post high school at TAFE and I'm currently an electronics and communications engineering technician trainee/Broadcast technician in Australia.
I developed a interest in electronics, mechanical and electrical systems from studying engineering, physics and automotive in high school and from pulling electronic goods apart to see how they worked and trying to fix stuff or helping friends fix stuff.
I have interests in electro-mechanical systems and electronic control/automation systems, but also general stuff such as engines etc. I also have an interest in fixing and repairing gaming consoles and systems.
At work, I work on everything from TiVos, Mac PC's and server-based equipment. To installing data comms and RF equipment. Designing, building, fixing, maintaining circuit boards and equipment and some systems engineering.
Guides I've Contributed To
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My Favorite Guides
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Answer to "I need to replace fuse how do open control panel?"Hey mate, it might be more then just a fuse. The fuse is mearly there to cut power and prevent a fire under fault conditions. There are also two fuses in microwaves. A 110/240v mains fuse and also a 5kv fuse on the transformer. Such condition can be a burn out magnatron, transformer, HV rectifier diode or HV capacitor. I'd recommend visibly inspecting and also testing the components. BE CAREFUL though. The HV capacitor can hold charge for a long time and can kill you. Make sure you discharge it safely. To open the microwave, you'll need a PH No.2 screwdriver and possibly a security Torx 10 screwdriver. There will be 4-8 screws on the back and 1-2 screws on the side. Once they are removed, pull the case towards the back and lift it. The mains fuse will be on a PCB where the mains cable enters the microwave. If you need any further help or advice, comment and I'll help you out.
Answer to "Won't connect to Xbox one unless using play and charge cable"Hey mate, give these a try and see if they fix the issue. If not, cooment back and I'll find another solution for you https://support.xbox.com/en-AU/xbox-one/accessories/wireless-controller-disconnects
Answer to "Piece to the right of the Front Facing Camera"Hey mate, it is an antenna. You can find it on step 26 of the teardown. Having a quick look around, I can't seem to find a replacement either. However if I find one, I'll comment the link. iPad 3 4G Teardown
Answer to "DC power connection to iPad Gen 1 - A1337"Hey mate. The first gen iPad uses the old 30pin connector. This photo should help you with the pin out. Any other questions, feel free to ask. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Rlo4uRzUh7o/Tf725pZ1-lI/AAAAAAAADFw/CpoJOuwg4rI/s1600/Apple%2...
Answer to "What grease can be used for the gears?"Hey mate, what you need is a food grade grease. Something like this is what you need: https://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-Stand-Grease-Enough-Repair/dp/B00OSC174E Hope this helps.
Answer to "Why are my fans squeaking?"Hey mate, this issue would be the fan's bearings. They are either not lubricated enough or dying. Try 2-3 drops of oil on the bearings, either side of the fan. If this doesnt fix it, you'll need to replace the fan.
Answer to "What am I going to do?!"Oh boy. Straight off I can offer solutions/causes for some if these issues,. Rough idle is usually due to a dirty carburetor or throttle body and/or a dirty air filter. Cleaning the carburetor/throttle body and checking/replacing the air filter should rectify or help with that issue. However it could be due to a number of issues. Rough idle can for the most part be fixed at home. I'll have to look at stalling with heat on. Slow acceleration is in part caused again by carburetor/throttle body issues or air intake issues. Again can be fixed at home Water ingres can be bad rubber seals or rust hole related and would need you to look at. Seals can be done at home, rust holes unless you have a mig or tig welder, will need to be done at a shop. Power loss and battery guage dropping indicates a dying alternator and/or batter. Can be done at home. Window issue is probably a bad rindow regulator or slides. Most likely just needs degreasing and lubricating. Can be done at home Wiper would probably be a dead wiper...
Answer to "Why does my wii keeps ejecting my discs? How do I fix it?"Hey mate, have you tried inserting different discs? Sometimes this issue can be caused by one faulty disk. If not, you might have a disc drive read error. This is almost always a hardware issue. If the Wii is now out of warranty, this is what you can do, and works most times. Open the Wii up and remove the disc drive. Now open the disc drive casing and check for any foreign objects in it (e.g. coins, bugs, plastic etc). Next, clean the disc drive with compressed air and also clean the laser lens. To do this, first spray it with compressed air to remove any large build ups of dust etc. Next you'll need to use a cotten bud and rubbing/isopropyl alcohol, and clean the lens that way. This guide should help you do this repair Nintendo Wii DVD Drive Lens Replacement Any questions, feel free to ask.
Answer to "New 3DS XL freezes randomly, won't start up"Hey mate, this Nentendo guide should help you out. If not, we'll look at other solutions. http://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/...-freezes,-locks-up,-or-will-not-turn-off
Answer to "Opening the case of a Dremel Model 8200"Hey mate, this guide will help you out. Dremel 8200 Disassembly
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