Resolved Plug removed on STF8300 in repair attempt

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  1. Peter Bresler

    Peter Bresler Standard User

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    I made an aborted attempt to replace the power jack on my STF 8300, which is having chronic issues with the power connection. In the end, as suggested before, I spread the pins in the connector, which may have again (probably temporarily) helped things out. Technically if I could get to the circuit board I could have put on a new jack, but I did not get that far. May be just as well....I was unable to remove the cooling unit to free the circuit board, and put everything together again. The camera took a photo on testing. I did unscrew the black plug with the O ring and replaced it. Would that affect the cooling ability? At some point I might need to send it in for a new power jack.

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  2. Colin Haig

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    Peter, this does not sound good. These cameras are complex, precisely made, have special seals, and the electronics etc not user-serviceable. If you don't know what the dessicant plug is for, you shouldn't be attempting this.
    I suggest you arrange to send the camera to Bill for repair. Contact Bill (at) SBIG (dot) com
    The desiccant plug is designed to dry out the chamber and eliminate humidity/frost/ice. There is a procedure in the manual for how to recharge the desiccant.
     
  3. Peter Bresler

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    I am quite sure the camera was reassembled as before, as as I said imaging was functional, power was on. Does the dessicant plug need to be serviced because it was removed for a short period of time, although it may be due for it.
     
  4. Colin Haig

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    If it's been over a year since the last time you baked the desiccant plug, I'd suggest you do so. It's best to tape over the hole or insert a dummy plug or spare to keep dust out. Then remove the o-ring carefully before baking.
     
  5. Peter Bresler

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    Its done. Everything appears good.
     

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    Ok, good to know.
     

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