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How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic [Paperback]

by Michael Geier
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January 6, 2011 0071744223 978-0071744225 1

Master the Art of Electronics Repair

In this hands-on guide, a lifelong electronics repair guru shares his tested techniques and invaluable insights. How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic shows you how to repair and extend the life of all kinds of solid-state devices, from modern digital gadgetry to cherished analog products of yesteryear.

You'll start by selecting the tools and test equipment you'll need and setting up your workbench. Then, you'll get familiar with components and how they form circuits, stages, and sections of a device. Next, you'll learn how to take a product apart, figure out what's wrong with it, replace components, and reassemble it. Real-world case studies help clarify the topics covered. Tips and tricks for specific devices, such as optical disc players, computers, and video recorders, are also included in this practical resource.

  • Set up a workbench and equip it with tools and test instruments
  • Ensure personal safety and avoid electrical and physical damage to devices
  • Understand electrical units, circuits, and signals
  • Use test equipment, including a digital multimeter, signal generator, frequency counter, and an oscilloscope
  • Repair circuit boards and replace parts
  • Work with components, from capacitors and ICs to transistors and zeners
  • Learn to read block, schematic, and pictorial diagrams
  • Disassemble devices and identify sections and stages
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose to the component level
  • Perform reverse-order reassembly

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About the Author

Michael Jay Geier began operating a neighborhood electronics repair service at age eight that was profiled in The Miami News. He went on to work in numerous electronics service centers as the "tough dog" tech, solving cases that baffled the other servicers. Michael was a pioneer in the field of augmentative communications systems, helping to develop speech synthesis systems for children with cerebral palsy. He has written technology features for Electronic Engineering Times, Desktop Engineering, IEEE Spectrum, The Envisioneering Newsletter, 73 Amateur Radio Today, and Radio Fun.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 1 edition (January 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071744223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071744225
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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223 of 226 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I finally get it... April 23, 2011
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This is, hands down, the best book I have ever read on understanding electronics. I've had college and post-graduate courses that taught me how to analyze circuits and figure out what voltages, currents, resistances, etc. were at certain points. That was all well and good, but totally useless for anything that I wanted to do on my work bench.

In reality, what I needed was a holistic approach that narrated the circuit and the signals that are manipulated. I NEVER thought of circuits this way and the author was able to explain that the active elements are the players in the story and everything else is a supporting cast.

I could read a schematic, but I couldn't understand why the components were there. I know that a capacitor doesn't pass DC, but now I see that when placed in the circuit, it acts as a DC filter to remove noise before passing a signal to the next stage.

On top of all that, I realized that every circuit has a voltage that is used as a signal. Signal analysis, analog and digital, seemed like a very advanced topic that I only understood through major concepts (linearity, aliasing, etc). Now I realize that a battery and a light bulb has a signal just as a digital video camera does. One is just more complex.

Bottom line, this is the book that I couldn't put down...and it is about some of the driest material you can find. It is written in a fun and enjoyable fashion. Every page had an "AH HA!" moment and I am much more confident in my electronics hobby and profession.

I cannot recommend this book enough and I would pay triple just for the section where the author walks through a couple sample circuits, describes each component's function, and what would happen if that component failed.
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121 of 129 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by its title April 1, 2012
Good coverage of test equipment
Good anecdotes that demonstrate basic methodology
Good basic techniques for fixing common consumer electronics

It won't tell you how to diagnose and fix everything electronic

I'm an engineer by training, and I tend to take words literally. So when I read the title of this book, then observed that rather than an encyclopedia volume 1, these 316 pages were the entire book, I was dubious, and doubly so when I read the back cover where it promises "Master the Art of Electronics Repair," and how to repair and extend the life of "all kinds" of solid-state devices. I have read electronics books for a few decades. When I noted the publisher, Tab, I said to myself, "uh-huh". Because if there are a few things I have learned about Tab Books in particular in my years of reading them, it is these:

1. They tend to over-sell their books in the title and abstract for the book
2. If the book features projects, the circuits are often not tested and sometimes can't work as presented
3. Except for the cover, the production quality is often substandard compared to other publishers

If I was the author of the book, I would not be comfortable writing a book that promised to teach you how to fix everything electronic and to make you a master in 316 pages, because it CAN'T BE DONE.

I wondered when I saw a picture on the cover of a computer hard drive with a magnification of the electronics, because when a hard drive fails, I think it's best to do your best to recover data from it, then you move to a new one that is less likely to fail again. But the author does have a technique he says may be able to save a failing drive.
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really can learn to use an oscilloscope! May 5, 2011
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This book is extremely well written, easy to follow and makes sense. The author actually "takes you by the hand" and leads you through simple test procedures, step by step and explains why things are being done.

If you are a beginner to electronics or even past the beginner stage and want to go beyond just opening up something that doesn't work, looking for loose connections and burned components, this will be just what the doctor ordered.

The writing is top notch and done in such a manner that it's truly enjoyable.

It's been a long time since I've picked up a book written to actually be read and used.

A big thanks to Michael Geier for getting me back into troubleshooting and setting up a small repair area.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased. June 28, 2011
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Outstanding book. Nicely written, not full of tables and excessively technical jargon. Common sense approach to problem solving based on real life examples. As someone who majored in physics and engineering in college, I find it the book much more relevant to someone who doesn't want to go through the years of schooling just to learn that the visibly leaking electrolytic capacitor or broken trace it all that is wrong. Nice section on using an oscilloscope for the newbie.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for hobbyist or pro! September 17, 2011
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I am currently a student of aviation electronics on the verge of graduation. I have been in the A/V business primarily as an Audio Engineer (A1 or FOH) for over 20 years. I have taken numerous courses in electronics, networking, and programming. I believe this is the best electronics book I have found. I read the first 5 chapters in less than 24 hours after receiving the book.

I have books that I have spent hundreds of dollars on that are not laid out nearly as well. I particularly like the breakdown and explanation of the individual components. There is a section of the book that describes the recognition and functions\uses of each type of component in electronics along with how to test them in and out of a circuit. That section also speaks about what is likely to kill each type of component. I really wish that Michael Geier (author) was an instructor at my school! He knows how to provide the most technical information so that anybody can get a foundation of knowledge going.

I will say that you should have some general knowledge about electronics. But that does not exclude the total novice from getting started with this book. A novice just might have to look a few more things up here and there. The breakdown of all test equipment necessary to have a decent electronics work bench is fantastic. I have a much better understanding of oscilloscopes because of the knob-by-knob breakdown and explanation. Nothing was missed in this book. The author is quite an intersting person as well. I get a great vibe just off of the text and you know without question that not only does this guy know what he is talking about, he also thoroughly enjoys electronics more than anybody I have run across.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful
Good stuff, lots of useful tips. I'd prefer more specifics and advanced info, but this is a great starting point for somebody looking to get into electronics and repair. Read more
Published 1 day ago by apophasis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book if you already know something about electronics
This is not a beginner's book, though it does have a review of some basic electronics. Much of the terminology is over my head at this stage, but the author's writing style keeps... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Richard W. Moczygemba
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything Electronic
I ordered the wrong book, my own fault. The book is fine, just not the subject I had in mind. I wanted detailed instructions of setting up my own wi-fi. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Missloofus
3.0 out of 5 stars Diagnose electronic
This is not what I was looking for in a electronic book it did not have enough information on what I bought it for
I needed a computer repair book.
Published 1 month ago by Doris H. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Electronic diagnostics
Great book to apply logic to fixing pretty much all electronic devices. Covers test equipment as well as the practical use.
Published 1 month ago by Terence F. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Complete
Years ago I built many Heath kits - Heath has subsequently gone out of business. This book is written by a professional but understandable to a Mechanical Engineer with kit... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Kenney
3.0 out of 5 stars Alot of good info,,not as comprehenisive as i would have liked
The explanations of the components fell a bit short for my needs as do a lot of books on electronics. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DeffMike
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent manual
Book was delivered quickly and in great shape. This book covers most everything I was looking for and I trust will. Be helpful with many of my electronic projects.
Published 2 months ago by Bob Good
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I like electronic. do you have a promotion this is good and excellent book. the electronic is pension for me
Published 2 months ago by kabeya
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, full of information!
This book is written for anyone to read and understand. It is not your typical how to book. It has humor and valuable lessons to learn and some to avoid. Read more
Published 2 months ago by RWR
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