Originally Posted by JimSmith
Several years ago I bought a Sony Grand Wega KDF-60XBR950, LCD projection TV. Wonderful picture, truly awesome. I later learned the bulbs are susceptible to having the cooling fans clogged with dust. At $200 a pop, and lasting under two years for the first one and under 18 months for the second, I have had to learn to take the back of this monster thing off and mine my way to the bulb fans and clean them out every 6 months or so. Seems to help with life, but one would think something requiring routine maintenance like the bulb fans would have a better answer than doing 4 hours of disassembly and assembly twice a year. And the freaking thing is too big to take to a service center.
Oh well. The picture is awesome though. Jim
Dust is what crippled my last computer just a week ago, I knew that the fans need periodic cleaning, but was doing so to only two of them - the other two were hidden away. One just seized up, the other got so clogged it couldnt physically turn (on the video card).
For months prior, I had been trying to figure what the heck was going on - thinking I had some software or Trojan problem. It was just computer maintenance ignorance...and bloody dust.
WHY DON'T COMPUTERS HAVE DUST FILTERS??????
My daughters 1 month old Mp3/Mp4 player died yesterday (no sound out) - hence my thread out of frustration.
Wife and I had bought this for her for her 14th birthday in late March, after I had Googled endless problems with the much more expensive alternative - ipods
I opened it up this afternoon and the problem was unfixibly obvious.
The mini jack plug holder was only secured by the 4 micro solder dots to the circuit board (three of which had broken) and by design crappiness - not held in place at all by the case, nor in any other way secured.
I unsuccessfully tried to resolder the connections with just the tip of my soldering iron...the bloody thing is now in the rubbish bin..
The common point between these two items and the others on my opening list is crappy design!.