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SCD 6040 Dead

Hello, I brought a SCD6040 from ebay and was happily using it for last 4 months. Yesterday, while i was trying to use the Camcorder from the AC adapter, the camcorder suddenly stopped working and became dead. I could smell something near the DC input pin of the camcorder. There was no visible burns there.. but i guess some electronic component inside the camera was heated or burnt ( I did my electroncis engineering 10yrs back and i guess that burning smell was of some capacitor burning) I took the camcorder to the samsung repair office and they told me that some MM series SMD chip is burnout and the replacement would cost me around $150. The cost of this camera on ebay is nowadays $200. I doubt the diagnosis of the service centre. I feel that some passive component like a capacitor or diode may have burnt. I am trying to seek some other help and pointers to the circuit diagram or standard voltage checks that i can do to ascertain that the IC is really damaged. Pls reply at [email protected] too

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I would not know why the service center would not tell you the truth but no matter what the problem is my guess is they charge a flat rate so whether it is an active component (IC) or passive (capacitor/resistor) the cost would be the same. Really, the parts are not what the cost is about, it is the labor, etc. It sounds like you have nothing to lose by looking at it yourself. If you have jewelers screwdrivers, magnifying glasses, a steady hand and lots of patience remove the case to get access to the battery input area/board. With your background in EE and a DMM you should be able to determine which part smoked. It may be as easy as just looking at the board. I say give it a go. You have nothing to lose as you can always put it back together and have them fix it later if you can't. Or you can just let it go and buy a new one. If you can determine which part it is you may be able to replace it also. I do not know your soldering capabilities. Either way you'll know what the real problem is and it won't cost you $150.00. Good luck.

Posted on Jul 25, 2006

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