How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic, Second Edition 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition
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Michael Jay Geier has been an electronics technician, designer and inventor since age 6. He took apart everything he could get his hands on, and soon discovered that learning to put it back together was even more fun. By age 8, he operated a neighborhood electronics repair service that was profiled in The Miami News. He went on to work in numerous service centers in Miami, Boston and Seattle, frequently serving as the “tough dog” tech who solved the cases other techs couldn’t. At the same time, Michael was a pioneer in the field of augmentative communications systems, helping a noted Boston clinic develop computer speech systems for children with cerebral palsy. He also invented and sold an amateur radio device while writing and marketing software in the early years of personal computing.
Michael holds an FCC Extra-class amateur radio license. His involvement in ham radio led to his writing career, first with articles for ham radio magazines, and then with general technology features in Electronic Engineering Times, Desktop Engineering, IEEE Spectrum, and The Envisioneering Newsletter. His work on digital rights management has been cited in several patents. Michael earned a Boston Conservatory of Music degree in composition, was trained as a conductor, and is an accomplished classical, jazz and pop pianist, and a published songwriter. Along with building and repairing electronic circuitry, he enjoys table tennis, restoring antique mopeds, ice skating, bicycling, and banging out a jazz tune on his harpsichord.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B016EEU3S4
- Publisher : McGraw-Hill Education TAB; 2nd edition (October 31, 2015)
- Publication date : October 31, 2015
- Language: : English
- File size : 23426 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 417 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #89,831 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As an engineer and as a consumer, I've dealt with electronics products and devices for many years - just like most of you. But, I've never really delved into the diagnosis and repair aspect. Just sort of a fuzzy memory of Ohm's Law, etc, and a habit of looking for blown fuses
Fortunately, Geier approaches things from this angle. There is very little physics and theory to wade through. The approach is is practical and hands on - with a sense of humor. The author does a great job demystifying things, and - by establishing common sense diagnostic procedures - provides a sound basis for actually doing repairs yourself
Various chapters describe the equipment you will need (really, not that much), how to set it up, and how to begin using it. Other parts of the book deal with enclosures, mechanisms, circuit devices, and the like. Geir's experience with practical electronics repair is abundantly evident, as is his humility in sharing it
I tend to be a tough critic on this type of "how to" effort. Nevertheless, I happily give five stars and big compliments to Geier. Brilliant...
The author presents numerous topics including a philosophy of why to repair broken electronics; the test equipment necessary to make the repairs and a basic guide to using each piece; the common components that make up electrical circuits and how to identify and test them; a logical approach to reading schematics (very valuable!); how to identify common failures in electronic equipment and then methodically find the component(s) to replace; and the methods for opening seemingly impenetrable cases on laptops, tablets, phones, etc. and getting them back together without destroying them. Finally, he takes the reader through a number of real-life repair scenarios to explain how he identified the problem and brought the unit back to life.
So bottom line: does this book tell you how to repair 'Everything Electronic'? No and yes! Obviously, the author cannot cover every single electronic item with a blow-by-blow description of the diagnostic and repair. What he does give are the basics to understanding common circuit function, how to identify the culprit of failure in a circuit and a logical method for repairing the circuit to correctly functioning status. I went into this book with a basic knowledge of electronics, but I understand it much better now. The book has given me the confidence to attempt repairs on my own instead of paying someone to do the work. I highly recommend this book!
Same chapter - oscilloscopes - no mention that if buying digital, you'll need at least 12bit memory for audio work. No explanation of why you need 100mhz (I found a deal on a 40mhz - will it be ok?) - The book is intended for beginners, yet does not give the information a beginner would need.
If you have already been disciplined enough to self study electronics repair, this book will reinforce core concepts and fill in some gaps and build your confidence to take on even more challenging repair projects. It's packed with great advice for the beginner and intermediate electronics repair enthusiast. If you are interested in electronics DIY projects and need a boost, this may be just the book for you. I have been tinkering for more than 10 years and still learned some helpful tips. Worth the money.
Not in any way an "advanced" book, this "How to" is geared toward the non professional, but it's well written and I would recommend.
Two thumbs up.
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The book is written by an experienced old hand that know his solder and it really brings a lot of good advice, combined with nice close-up photos. I like that the author explains some cases that was complex to solve - and I would want more of such histories, as they sometimes are better to get the point through. I would have wanted some more tips on repairing or modifying modern electronic music equipment, as this is where I am now (modding older synths).
But all in all, the book is recommendable.
unfortunatley not a very long topic on transformers, i already know how they work, i want to know how to diagnose a dodgy one! anyway i guess its off to youtube again...(said the idiot)
There's a wealth of information from the author's experience which is interesting, but I wonder if it would have been better to take say 10 different common appliances and just cover each in detail from teardown, troubleshooting, fix and assembly.
Interesting read but not much of a reference for future use.