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Keep your box!

In this day in age a single component on a product can go bad and ruin your new toys (TV, printer, cell phone, etc.) One thing you have to be very aware of is that in most cases your warranty does not cover shipping expense as well as packaging materials. It is easier to convince a company to pay for your shipping than it is to provide packaging materials and these materials can be expensive. One good example is a TV, you have to package it correctly to have it shipped to a repair center and it has to get there in one peace. FedEx, UPS, and other carriers don't always handle your products with care and damages made during shipping can only be charge back to the carrier if you can prove it was packaged correctly. The best thing you can do is save your box. A lot of times you don't have the room or space to store it but you can always break down the box and store it in the attic or garage along with the foam to protect the product. Remember there is no better packaging to a product than the original packaging material intended for the product.

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Alcatel Onetouch AT&T cell phone. Where can I get schematics?


Toy: Obviously you need a toy to modify--one that you don't mind opening up and (potentially) making inoperable if something bad happens. I recommend the usual places: thrift stores, surplus stores, etc. But...please, please, please, PLEASE don't go to a major retailer and purchase something new to modify. There are enough toys out there on the market being discarded---we don't need to give multinational corporations higher profits by buying something new when we can reuse and modify something that already exists. So go to your thrift store and scrounge around; you might not find something immediately, but be patient for the right toy to come along.

The best toys are the ones that aren't complicated: only a few sounds, a few buttons, etc. Anything that has complicated behavior is going to have complicated circuitry that is both going to be more difficult to modify and more likely to simply screw things up without making useful sounds. A good beginning toy to bend would be a stuffed animal that makes a few sounds...open up the toy and you'll find inside a plastic case that has an extremely basic chip. In my case, I chose a toy designed for toddlers that has only a few buttons and sounds--meaning the circuit inside will be relatively straightforward.

And it should go without saying (I hope)...but don't bend anything that requires a connection to the wall or mains! ONLY BEND TOYS THAT USE 9V BATTERIES OR LESS!!! I'm certainly not responsible if you hurt yourself doing this...you shouldn't, if you bend battery powered toys. But no warranties, etc. legal mumbo jumbo.

Electronics: For this bend you'll need a random assortment of parts: on/off switches, some resistors, a potentiometer, and wire. To attach things you'll of course need a soldering iron and solder. And to test things out, some alligator clips are really useful.

Other tools: A drill or dremel to cut holes in the casing, and a screwdriver to take the case apart.

i hope oped this can help

Dec 03, 2015 | AT&T Cell Phones

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my verizon adamant phone is stuck on "updating software... Please do not unplug USB cable"


Same thing happened to me. Believe it or not, my verizon rep said that "sometimes phones just glitch beyond return". I had to get a new phone all of my pics, contacts, etc lost. It would be one thing if this happened because I dropped the phone or it was physically damaged, but it completely ruins the unit all because I followed the directions when updating the software. Wtf would that be programmed into the phone??????

Apr 21, 2014 | ZTE Adamant - Black verizon Cell Phone...

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drop in water want come back on


hopefully you have not ruined it by turning it on. But this fix it has actually worked you can put your phone and battery in a bowl of raw rice and let it stay there for a whole day it should be ok if not you need a new phone. What usually ruins it is trying to turn it on while wet. use the rice thing. I tried it before and it actually works.

Mar 13, 2014 | Blu Cell Phones

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soaked iphone 3gs


There are products that you can buy to help dry the phone, like a bag of silica gel. I like using the free way, which is using a bag of dried rice. Whataver you do, do not attempt to turn on the phone, that will definitely ruin it, if the components are still wet inside.
  1. Take a bag of uncooked rice, and submerge the phone in the dry rice for at least 3 days. Keep the bag in a cool and dry place.
  2. After three days, if there is any indication that the phone is still wet, return the phone to the bag and wait another day.
  3. Once you believe the phone is dry (max 4 days) remove the phone from the rice, and attempt to turn it on.

Nov 13, 2011 | Apple iPhone 3GS Black (16 GB)

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Remote control stop working. Check batteries and tried new batteries, did not help. Once in awhile it may turn on or off, or turn on but not off or visa versa, other button very seldom works. Tried a programed satelite remote control does the same thing. All the buttons on the TV works alright, but it takes too long to change channel from single digit to double digits. What is wrong and what can I do, thank you.


You have an aging TV and aging capacitors. There may be some bad grounds on the solder side of the main board. You need to first inspect the solder side of the board for bad solder connections. And find an ESR meter. (Capacitor Checker) No doubt you will find some weak capacitors. I would look for those almost anywhere on this TV. This TV is small and you should be able to test each and every electrolytic capacitor. The electrolytics are the caps that look like small cans with two legs. They are rated in Mfs. For example 35 volts @ 100 MF, 16 volts @47 Mf, 25 volts @ 4.7 MF, etc. Test all of them and replace as necessary. Good Luck and thanks for asking. Show a few hands of support.

Jan 03, 2011 | Sylvania 6413TC 13" TV

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