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Michael Jay Geier
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Book Description

1 Feb 2011

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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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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book 27 Dec 2012
This is a very useful book to have around. I have just used it to repair a DVD player I thought was dead. The instructions were easy to understand and easy to follow. The downside, I don't get to buy the TV/ DVD combo I had my eye on!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How To Diagnose And Fix Everything Electronic 6 Mar 2012
By Rayjay
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This just has to be one of the best How To books available for electronics. Written in a no-nonsense style that almost anyone can understand. It's as if the author is standing right next to you! Far too many other How To electronic books always assume that the reader is already well versed in the art of electronics - which of course, is not always the case. Electronics can be a daunting subject - even for those people who eat drink and sleep it. But now, look no further, because this author has written a book for the rest of us! And best of all, it is actually fun to read too!

I cannot recommend this book enough - it really is that good. Two of my friends liked it so much they're buying their own copies as soon as possible. If you're new to electronics and been put off by some other books which don't deliver, buy a copy now and stand by to be amazed. Michael Jay Geier has written a classic. Hallelujah!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars electronics repair 29 Dec 2011
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good practical book for the fault finder because there are far too many books out there that dwell heavily on the physics and mathematical workings of components, it is of course important to know the physical properties of components and the job that they do in each circuit, but not to a point where you would be involved with the complete redesign of a new circuit from scratch, plenty of books out there covering the subject, but not nearly enough covering the subject that this author has covered really well, obviously from shear practical experience as any repair tecky out there will be able to relate to when reading through it as repair work in its self requires a some what different approach that is well covered in this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 10 April 2013
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Great if you have or are planning to buy an oscilloscope. I however am not. There are some good tips for non scope owners, and is a worthwhile read on the subject.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Long-winded explanations 31 Jan 2013
By joanie
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Electronics obviously work the same wherever you are located in the world. This book is written mainly for the American audience, which is fine, but the author uses 19 words when 5 would be sufficient in most cases. If the context was more precise and direct, I would have rated it at 5 stars. I like to go to the problem and get the solution without lengthy dialogue.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars how todiagnose and fix everything electronic 2 Jun 2013
Not as helpful as i'd hoped, I have not yet had time to read cover to cover, but, I do know basics, like ohms law, reading risisters, and have a meter, but it fails to fill the blanks, like, what is latching? And where to put probes when testing? Being solar powered in my house, my problems are related, a power inverter that blown, a 50 battery charger, that doesn't function, 3 laptops with faults, the book only skims over things, but, explains basics, what is ac, or dc, be careful how you open laptop casing, Nothing earth moving for me. End of the day, it cost me 27euros,
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well pleased 23 Sep 2012
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As a beginner I found this book really helpful,it is easy to understand and seems to cover a good range of problems that might be encountered and ways of testing and fixing these problems.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a fixer, get this book ... 7 Sep 2012
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Very readable, and comprehensive. The author leads you through various aspects of diagnosing and fixing electronic devices that have stopped working. Covers general approach through to what each components does and why it fails, emphasising at all times that safe working is paramount.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
most helpful to me, an electronic pleb!
Published 1 month ago by mr j. r. smethhurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent for anybody learning Electronics definitely have this one on your bookshelf
Published 2 months ago by T.R Hodgkiss
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poorly illustrated. Very few photos and diagrams. ...
Very poorly illustrated. Very few photos and diagrams. A picture is worth a thousand words. Most of what is written is common sense.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Charles Collard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good thank you from les
Published 3 months ago by L. B. Latham
3.0 out of 5 stars How to Diagnose & Fix Everyhing Electronic
Not bad seen lots of the information over the years nice to the safety angle thorough out would recommend as an interesting read
Published 4 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding practical guide
This is a must buy for anyone interested in electronics and equipment diagnostics and repair. From basics through to insightful diagnostic tips this publication has extensive and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jimuk
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Beginners.
There is so much in this book for the beginner electronic enthusiast. What to buy and how to go about the basics of repairs. recommended
Published 5 months ago by Mr. P. Richardson
3.0 out of 5 stars Too complex for me
I have rated it on its usefulness to me, I am a small time hobbyist and this is far too complex for the use that I would get out of it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jim Robson
5.0 out of 5 stars Readable, practical.
This book is probably of most value to those who already have some knowledge of electronics. The author passes on his considerable experience of diagnosis and repair work in a very... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark de Barr
5.0 out of 5 stars Wnted to know more??
If the answer is yes go no further this volume abounds with info and advice , i've even come to terms with 'fixing' broken laptops and actually fixed them!! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Takeittoem.
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