I'm an idiot
Things are progressing rather slowly as my 3rd year project takes up more time. I was on the brink of keeping the printer happy through a complete print when suddenly the transfer belt lift clutch, cleaning roller cam clutch and feed motor all stopped working! I looked at the paper feed PCB, to which they are all connected and saw a small axial component the size of a standard resistor but without colour bands with "FU101" on the silkscreen.
As I reached for the multimeter I thought how rarely it is that fuses actually blow, and given that this was a stupendously rare piece of electronics coated in irreplacable, datasheet-less parts it was virtually certain that the fuse would be fine and some horribly exotic component would be at fault.
I put it down to working last thing at night, having run out of all coloured wire except red and black!
Miraculously, the fuse was blown. Even more miraculously, it had 3000 written on the side, which I can only assume means mA.
I'm lacking anything but 500mA fuses at the moment, and they're in massive glass tubes, not little axial packages. I'll have to wait for a farnell order.
Or with any luck I'll win this ;-)
Submitted by jeff on Sat, 04/07/2007 - 15:47. categories [ ]