Hi Sorry to bother, but you said you had the Service manual for the Vivitar 285/285HV. I burned a transistor in the unit, that reads 603 05G. I don't know what that means. Can you email me the manual? or just tell me what kind of transistor is this? Thanks!
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You don't need a Manual. In 285 HV there is only one Power on/off switch. If that switch is on and batteries are new Alkaline (like duracell-no chepo )or fully charged and working rechargebles,and yet the ready light do not come the flash has defect inside.For sure.
I had the same problem on a new 285HV flash. I pulled it apart and found a blown resistor and track in the head of the flash. The flash was fairly easy to pull apart, there is a clip hiding behind the blue disk, the rest is just screws. There are 3 circuit boards, two in the base and one in the head. The blown resister is in the head and is the large resister next to the violet wire. From the edge of the board there is R22 brown-black-brown, two diodes, another resistor yellow-violet-brown and then the one that died. I have the service manual for the flash and it is titled 285/285HV but the circuit board in the service manual and in the flash are different. After much studying of the circuit diagram I believe the value of the resister is 12K 2watt (90% sure, if not it is 10K 2watt). I replaced the resistor with the 12K and was able to use the extra length of the leg of the resistor to bypass the blown track, used some heat shrink to insulate the leg from shorting out with the board. I have tested the flash and it is working but I have not used it extensively. Disclaimer: this board is right next to the capacitor, you don't want to touch it if it has a charge. Use a multimeter to check. I bought the resistor from here: www.digikey.com Part No. P12KW-2BK-ND $0.206 (min order 5 still only a $1.03) Good luck and remember I am not an electronics tech and your problem may be different to mine. Richard