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Offline Ohmzilla

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Greetings! :D A rookie question!
« on: September 30, 2016, 01:57:37 pm »
Just getting into the hobbyist field also in my first year of EE school.

Is there a resource online that has open access to board schematics?

 What program do you guys normally use to view them?

I have some basic kit in a Hakko 888D iron

The Mastech MS8229 Meter not great but will get me thru school.

Currently shopping around for a bench PSU so any advice for one in the $150 range would be helpful and MUCH appreciated.

I look forward to picking the communities brain for interesting projects.

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Re: Greetings! :D A rookie question!
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2016, 02:09:08 pm »
Welcome on board.

Is there a resource online that has open access to board schematics?

Why people will let you know their design secret?
For repair purpose, go to Rossmann Group or iFixit to request PCB and schematics information.

What program do you guys normally use to view them?

There are some EDA tools, such as Eagle, KiCAD, Allegro, Altium Designer, DipTrace and more.
You need the specific tool to open its proprietary format, or use an importer in other tools.
I use Altium Designer, but that is nowhere close to "cheap". Luckily you can buy educational version for ~$124 per year.

Currently shopping around for a bench PSU so any advice for one in the $150 range would be helpful and MUCH appreciated.

If you have someone to guide you through, you can build one.
If not, start with a Korad KA3005P is not a bad idea. Fave has a video on it and reveals a design bug, but they should have fixed it long ago.
If you can increase your budget by $100, BK9110 is suitable. I have personally used this one, and I am generally satisfied with it.
 

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Re: Greetings! :D A rookie question!
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2016, 08:19:21 pm »
"Is there a resource online that has open access to board schematics?"

Great archive of many magazines with projects and schematics - http://www.americanradiohistory.com/

For actual board design layouts github has a ton of stuff, element14.com as well.


Regards, Dana.
« Last Edit: September 30, 2016, 08:21:26 pm by danadak »
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