- Jan 27, 2013
- Reaction score
- Shenzhen, China - Sydney, Australia
- Dash Cam
- Too many ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Yeah, I guess that's true! Let me start with a simple test of the SG power supply in my truck and go from there. I don't want to overwhelm myself with testing here, especially at this point. Still, the freezer idea intrigues me because it provides a level of control and repeatability that I otherwise wouldn't be able to achieve.pretty much the same way it's done in the lab
frame it if you want, trying to troubleshoot an intermittent fault in something that's 10,000 miles away isn't the ideal method to work out what has gone wrongA prodigious troubleshooting rejoinder from a preeminent dash cam manufacturer.....suitable for framing!
Lighten up man! It was just a bit of humor in response to your nebulous and essentially supererogatory reply.frame it if you want, trying to troubleshoot an intermittent fault in something that's 10,000 miles away isn't the ideal method to work out what has gone wrong
With consumer-grade electronics like this, my approach is to consider them as disposable after a reasonable service life has passed, as repair costs or efforts will probably exceed the cost of a new gadget
It feels kind of like having a friend or good neighbor leaving town when a long-trusted good device fades from your daily life but such is the way of things today If you feel you've gotten your money's worth just replace it. See it as the perfect opportunity for an upgrade
I appreciate your interesting reply but I'm not talking about ham radios or home stereos. I'm talking about cameras here, specifically the nature of dash cams and their chronically inherent unreliability and failure rates. When I have some time over the next day or so I will elaborate further.I'm not slagging off your loss- that amount of cash down the tubes does hurt. But right now I've got 3 Ham radios and a home stereo dead or dying- around $500 to replace them- and only one radio will get an attempted fix. I've gotten long enough usage from the rest to not feel bad about them other than I liked them a lot. No longer in production plus tiny SMD electronics for the most part- just not worth fixing really. Even for me. And certainly not worth fixing to sell; I'd likely take a bigger loss doing that. All this stuff was buit to something of a price-point moreso than top quality; essentially consumer grade electronics same as dashcams. I may try a HD in my dead laptop- that would be worth the effort but no more than that. Can't say whether I'd call a laptop "consumer-grade electronics" or not, but it was just $300 when new so perhaps. I just think it should have went more than 2 1/2 years even if it is cheap for a laptop.
Were any of this stuff top-of-the-line gear I'd probably feel differently, but I've lived through the times when you fixed old stuff instead of buying new, and into today where most things are essentially disposable when they die or after paying for one repair. $200 would be a boon to me right now but really, it's not a lot in today's terms where the cheapest new car costs ten times what you could get one for when I was young. A hundred dollar bill is much like what a twenty was when I started working and I'm not making 5X than much today in wages. So while I feel your pain, it's something to think about. I don't know how long you've had your SG but I know that with my cheap cams I'm happy if they last 3 years which is a pretty good deal balanced against their cost. And honestly, my cheap stuff was mostly outdated or nearly so when I bought it so whatever replaces it will definitely be an upgrade in comparison- it practically has to be due to that. Nothing lasts forever and as fast as technology moves today things are not worth a lot before much time goes by since folks want the newer faster better stuff.
So rather than focusing on losses, I try to look for wins however they may come. Doesn't make the losses any more palatable but that approach keeps me from getting depressed over it all.
Nice gesture; not much traffic on the high road is there!@SawMaster i have a radio you can get if you want to, it is a Hotline HL-1140 AKA ZODIAC M 3000 or MAYCOM EM 27 , just one minus i cant find the damn power plug that go onto its rear.
I doubt i will get to use it ever again, so would be good if you could put it to good use.
You presume much- it does have issues but it still plays music although I rarely turn it on these days. There's something loose in the antenna (an easy fix if I were inclined to look into it) and the LCD display is so dim you need a flashlight to see it in the daytime (which is no problem since I've got presets). The front speaker cones in the doors are falling to pieces which after 27 years is to be expected as they are paper. The engine-management computer is probably going bad too (which I'm still sorting out). Any my much newer still-dead minivan has an even worse radio in it along with a couple other electronics issues too."It's all electronics and it all fails sometimes?" How long has the radio in that old van of yours been working without any problems?
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