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Re: "Blinking lights of death" ? Netgear Switch GS108

On 04/30/2009 02:47 PM, Aldo Foot wrote:
On Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 7:23 PM, Robert L Cochran
<cochranb speakeasy net>  wrote:
Has the device firmware been pharmed or simply partly flashed and then a
power failure struck?

If you would like to donate the unit to me, I'll try to find the time to
take a look at it in the next few months. I'm still very much an amateur,
and I'd like to try analyzing why the unit is not working and see if I can
fix it. This assumes physical damage to the circuit board of some sort.
The only way to be sure it is capacitor plague is to gut the unit and look
at the PC board. If you look at the capacitors in it, and one or two are
slightly bulged, or have black stuff that looks to be leaking from the
bottoms, the device is dead, and should be replaced, unless you are the
hacky type and change out the cap's or harvest the good parts off the corpse
of the old switch.


The unit has a blown capacitor, bulged and brown matter around it. Also there is
a white-ish powder under the PCB. It looks dirty. There is corrosion.
Not sure it's
worth fixing. It went on for well over a year working perfectly in a
well ventilated
room. The unit is for a server at my workplace, so they will replace it.
Many years ago, I used to make and fix network cards and switches at some
company, so I'll give it a shot myself at fixing this one just for kicks.

I very much appreciate your offer to fix this thing --even though there was no
warranty implied. :-)

Now, I've got to get a more reliable unit to last longer.

You probably have Chinese- or Taiwanese-manufactured capacitors in that unit, which are not as reliable as Japanese-manufactured capacitors. If you search the net you will find lists of known-unreliable capacitor manufacturers.


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