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#1

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Unplug it and plug it back in.

#2

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Clean the contacts.

#3

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Blow out the dust.

#4

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Check the fuses.

#5

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Clean the pots.

#6

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Check continuity.

#7

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Check the capacitors.

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Dale Dougherty

    Great tips, Sean.

  • digitaltripper

    I work with computers and have replaced many a capacitor to get the motherboard working again!! Also getting the dust out is really a great idea…All of these are really great tips!!

  • Gareth Branwyn

    Yeah, that rocks, Sean. Thanks!

  • SKR

    Holy dust bunnies Batman. Wow, just wow.