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comment I broke the USB port on my external HDD. What do I do?
There are two ways you can go to fix this: The simple way and the complicated way. The HDD is a SATA HDD, so you can just disconnect the disk itself, find a desktop computer or another enclosure and insert it there. The more complicated way would be to repair the USB connector itself. To me, it looks repairable, but to be sure, I'd need better picture of the connector's footprint on the PCB, especially near the part marked P2 and of the back side of the connector itself.
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comment How many watts do case fans generally use?
@Cees Timmerman Indeed! That's 18 W per fan. Multiple fans and optimistically rated power supply can produce very interesting results, especially of the rest of the computer is hungry as well.
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comment I have to cycle my LCD monitor's power on and off to get it to stay on
@Sampo Sarrala Anyway, my point is that learning how to solder just in order to save money on capacitor repair is false economy. On the other hand, if someone is already in electronics, then it's not as problematic because the basic foundations will already be there.
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comment I have to cycle my LCD monitor's power on and off to get it to stay on
@Sampo Sarrala Then we have the problem of iron being fit for the job of working with the capacitor: Too powerful and non-temperature controlled as well as too weak can result in damaged PCB. Next, there's the knowledge needed to pick and install a replacement capacitor. Again, getting a capacitor from eBay or similar source can be problematic and it takes some experience to find a reliable distributor of safe capacitors.