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Crazy ants & a solid metal – Macbook pro

Posted by jimstech on May 29, 2016

All of a sudden while starting my lappie, as a macbook user, most of us are well known to the initial chime with the DVD drive engagement sound. But to me on that day, the drive engagement sound was totally different and the initial boot took some seconds more.

Thinking that some thing is going wrong with the drive pre-check at the booting time, my macbook has already arrived the desktop screen. Within some minutes i could able to see uninvited guests popping out from the keypad area.

To my surprise, not just one or two..!!!!!, a bunch of crazy ants trying to come because of the warmness it felt from the processor. i’m pissssseeeedddd….. 😦 .. yes really.

Is the apple metal tastes soooo sweet for the ants ?????? 😯

To respond with my uninvited guests, i’ve just quickly turned off the machine and prepared myself to openup the rear cover. Yes,., shocked to see the whole bunch of crazy creatures around the DVD drive area and HDD area. But, Thank God..!! those creatures were happy to roam around the logic board and not top of it..If in that case, the PWM or some of the SMC’s could have went short.

Have a look at the below images for the uninvited creatures.!!!

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Logic board – Macbook pro

All tiny black dots (above and below) are ANTS having their team meeting to plan for the next set of a adventurezzzzz..!!!!!

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rear case – Macbook pro

 

But this given me a chance to do a maintenance cleanup – usually the processor fan and the logic board.

Beware..!!!! do not pour out any alcohol type cleaner for cleaning without disconnecting the battery from the logic board. Do make a note of the screws location while disassembling. This model has 3 different set of screws (Unibody 2011 models & later) for holding the rear case and never try to push wrong screws into the holes.

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Macbook pro – Battery connector

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Unibody macbook pro – 2011 model screw locations

 

I think this is the 3rd or 4rth time the rear case is opened up for maintenance activity. Happieeeeeeeeeeee that there is no damage for any of the internal parts :).

EDIT::

After few weeks of usage, i could able to understand that the internal speaker/woofers diaphragm is eaten by these creatures..!! looking out for a quality replacement 😦

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EBL 840 9V Charger with 600mAh Battery – Review

Posted by jimstech on May 14, 2016

It’s been some months, i thought of buying a 9v rechargeable battery for my wireless audio equipments. But from the past experience which i got from the AA rechargable batteries supported by useless chargers made me to do some research which took some months to take a decision.

Upon arriving a closer point of purchase, the decision was to buy a simple and cheap charger controlled by a MC/ MP. with some reviews from here and there from the internet and audio forums, the product which i bought is EBL 840 with 2 pieces of 600mAh battery for $36 inclusive of International shipping to India.

Amazon link for buying EBL 840

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Specifications:

Input: 100-240V AC 50/60Hz 120mA
Output: 1.2V DC 200mA;3.6V DC 150mA;9V DC 100mA
No Load Power Consumption: 1W MAX
Full Load power consumption: 5W MAX
Battery Charge Rate: >80%

Compatible with:
6F22(9v) li-ion Battery
6F22(9v) Ni-MH/Ni-Cd Battery

 

 

After receiving the product, the first impression is the packaging which was good enough to withstand vibration and sudden drops. Preliminary checks are done with voltage readings on both the 6F22 batteries and the charger. The first-worst experience is the one, Needless to say, the 2 page mini user guide which is an absolute crap of no matching information.

Alright, since i have paid more than INR-2k for this product the internal guy inside me was very curious to see the internal circuit and components used. Housing was good with US standard attached power plug at the rear top area. The whole device was secured with just 2 screws which made the disassembly job very easy.

Initial catch was the markings in the PCB which states that the original manufacturer is Beston (BST), a china manufacturer who has some good reputation in European countries among their products. The same circuit model (BST-C818) is also listed on their website. My device is tagged as design version(v1) relesed in the late year of 2014.

 

HOT Area:

The first component which catch’d my eye upon removing the top housing is the transformer. Circuit design is very simple with not much safety components. AC line is directly connected to the SMD Bridge Rectifier via 10 ohms 1/2 watt resistor in series and there is no pre line filter’s. Output from the BD is filtered by a 400v E-Cap and sent to switching transistor with some mega ohms resistor in parallel connected with a zener and 104  ceramic capacitor in between.As asusal in all SMPS circuits, the switched voltage is feeded to mini transformer which isolates the High-low voltage area.

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EBL 840 – internal front view

 

COLD Area:

Output stage of the transformer is again stabilized with some resistors and zener’s with a single SMD capacitor. Single comparator for each battery terminal is connected with the LED indicators. But these comparators also sense’s the inflow current to batteries which is under charge. There is a SMD which has 5H5 named on it which is a step down constant DC-DC 600ma IC that controls the entire charging process. It also has an feedback pin which controls the output when the battery is fully charged.

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EBL 840 – internal rear view

Overall, this charger is a compact one with a variable voltage from 100v-240v which charges 2 pieces of 6F22 9v li-on/ Ni-MH/ Ni-Cd batteries at a time in parallel. Charging status is identified by the Red color LED indicators. Downside is, the circuit will not withstand sudden spikes and will be noisy for sure.

 

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Chennai to Bangalore nandi hills – a bike drive..!!

Posted by jimstech on April 16, 2016

coming soon….

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How to cut & paste in Mac OSX

Posted by jimstech on November 8, 2014

coming soon

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How to create PPOE connection in Mac osx and later

Posted by jimstech on July 11, 2014

coming soon..

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