Sunday, 11 September 2016
My wee lad's Zoostorm tablet (Q6010) seems to have gone into limp mode, as in limp to the spares box. It has gotten locked into some sort of unresponsive state where the touchscreen isn't working and pressing the reset button or any of the Android reboot sequences does nothing. It was a strange tablet from the start, aimed at the education market and with a weird storage partition layout, but a quad core processor and a whopping 2Gb of RAM which 2 years ago was unheard of. And all for under a ton from CPC. The pity is that it runs Android 4.2.2 (JB) so could in theory be used as a Kodi box, but only if I can get it to work again. In the meantime, good dad that I am, he's getting my old Fujitsu M835. Back to paperback books for me then.
Friday, 26 August 2016
Saturday, 23 January 2016
I was going to say 'repair', but really this is an upgrade. My son's Android tablet stopped charging and pretty quickly we tracked the problem to the power supply cable. This didn't surprise me because it was a pretty cheap bit of cable, speaker wire really and I always thought it wouldn't last. The tablet itself is a bit of an oddity, a Zoostorm educational tablet with 2gb RAM and a quad core processor, but it was being sold by CPC a year ago for under £100. The reason may be the odd OS customisation with a strange storage layout almost certainly set up for school use, but we have tackled that and Need For Speed runs just fine on the device!
I tried reusing the moulded DC plug, but it shorted out so a trip to Maplin got me a replacement for £2. It is the smallest plug in the range as it happens. Looking at the cable, I thought I might as well do the job right so a delve in the spare cables box turned up a nice heavy wire from a defunct power supply for something else. Once again heat shrink sleeve came to the rescue to make a strain relief for the plug and the join to the stump of the old cable at the power supply end, and make the whole thing look nice and neat.
Better than when it came out of the factory!
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Got around to testing this little Pinnacle Nano Stick TV dongle which came with a Freegle box of obsolete electronic items. I wasn't sure if it would work easily on Linux, but as usual, just plug and play. I downloaded the Me-TV package and off it went. The software can record to the netbook's hard drive, DVD copies can be made and interestingly the video codec can be selected so the RTE stations in MPEG-4 HD can be viewed. Not bad for, well nothing really.
Sunday, 22 March 2015
I bought a couple of these Light Strike rifles for my son for Christmas 2013 when they were being sold in Home Bargains, but it turned out that they were an end of line item which amazed me because they are one of the best toys we've ever come across. So good that I've bought up any final stock that's appeared reasonably priced on eBay. There are some cool attachments for the rifles, my favourite being an underslung grenade launcher. We had one of these with the first rifle, but I got another for £4 on eBay last week. Only difference was that this new one vibrated and the old one didn't. Mysterious, so I opened the older one up and discovered it indeed had a motor with a small eccentric weight attached. This worked with 5 volts applied so I carefully re-soldered the connections and the tiny surface-mount transistor which drives the motor. Reassembled and connected to the rifle it now vibrates. Result and an easy repair.