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Re: [ARSCLIST] Memorex CDs
Not to be a pessimist about this, but unless you've ever performed component level troubleshooting and replacement of surface mount
components as I have done over the years, I have no doubt that eventually there will come a day when the printed circuit boards will become unreparable. Actually, that day has been with us for some time already.
Sony for one , when addressing broadcast devices, will only recommend the replacement of an entire pc board. The subminiturization of electronics has dictated multi level boards 2 and 3 layers thick.
This means that the run which occurs on the surface of one board, may go through 2 or 3 layers of runs befor it surfaces on the next visible layer. At least Sony will provide schematics of their electronics- even if the repair is not feasible. I doubt that many computer based technology manufacturers will do that. In most cases , they will want you to return the unit to the factory for repair, and they will simply replace the defective board.Which leave you at their mercy or existance. And when the product becomes " obsolete" or the company goes under, the board level replacements won't be available either.
And unless you're set up to solder and unsolder subminiature IC's some
with as many as 100 or more legs per side - 400 legs total- repair and troubleshooting just isn't possible.And components which are much smaller to fit on these subminiaturised boards. Capacitors used on these boards have a life span rated in HOURS. And the cheaper the component, the lower life rating it will have.
Disassemble a defective pc hard drive or a camcorder or IPOD of a couple of years age and have a look at the electronics and you'll see what I mean..
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> > I've long held that the true test for future availablility of a
> > is if has been widely distributed enough to be found in the pawn shops.
> > CD player certainly has.
> The essential question then becomes:
> How long will CD players last before needing extensive and often
> Keep in mind that virtually all cylinder records are being played on
> original vintage cylinder machines...but that is at least partially
> because parts for the machines are generally available, either NOS
> or reproduced, and the technology needed to repair the machines
> is not too advanced.
> If someone can find a surviving CD player in 2106, will there be
> anyone left who knows exactly how to keep...or get...it running?
> In fact, I wonder the same thing about today's computerized
> automobiles...current cars are undoubtedly more efficient and
> less trouble to operate, but what happens when the Acme
> Semiconductor Chip Manufactory discontinues model X-2345
> that your by-then-vintage machine needs to run...
> Steven C. Barr
Replacing is better than repairing. I always inventory two or three "good"
models. Although their lubricants may harden over an extensive period, that
can be remedied by cycling the drive or by opening it and relubricating the
rails. Those who have the talents to repair cylinder machines should be
capable of opening a CD/DVD drive.
Media Sciences, Inc.