First Dead Owl PF

jayber

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I was wiring up some cameras last nite and after soldering and reassembly I would check the push-button operation to make sure it would fire and not stick.  Well, I came across one that wouldn't fire.  I first tried shorting the wires together, but nothing.  Then to make sure it wasn't the fact that I didn't have film in, I loaded a test roll.....still nothing.  I desoldered the thing, tried switching out keypads......no go.  I couldn't get the flash/no flash or mid-roll rewind buttons to work either.  Anybody else have this happen?  I'm gonna return it unless someone has something else I should try (?).  Figures it was the one I didn't check before tearing into!
 

MBullism

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Haven't got a dead one yet,and can't say I've tested them all prior to wiring.
Probably should start doing so.  

If it were me having the problem it would be because I didn't put batteries in, or forgot to turn it on!

M
 

Munce27520

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Yes, Jayber I had one new OWL PF that did that to me. I didn't test it before I started and I went through the same steps as you trying to get it to flash and cycle. The display on mine just kept flashing the digit one and I couldn't even get a Flash Icon to display. I am testing now before opening them up. Fortunatly I was able to exchange it for a new one.:sunglasses-yellow:    But then I melted the new one as I attempted to solder my wires into it. :mad-fumin-red:  I will have to be MUCH MORE CAREFUL. That's too much money to waste.:flamethwr:
 

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Hi all,
I tend to get a bit obsessive on the subject of static electric discharge - so if you've heard me yap about this before, just ignore it :)

Most modern electronics can be killed by static discharge.  To discharge static buildup, just touch a grounded object - plumbing, metal outlet cover, etc. occasionally while working on the cams.
Not sayin' that's what killed the cams - but 'ya never know.  It's cheap insurance!

Archilochus
 

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It could be static that killed it, especially if you have gas heat, gas heat drys the air which make static electricity worse.  Sometimes, besides grounding a finger on the strip outlet, I wet my fingers in a bowl of water as well, b-4 working on static sensitive components.

I used to own a TV repair shop and it was a constant concern, esp in the winter.

If you have Static Electricity problems, you can buy wrist straps, etc that are grounded to keep static electricity bled off but I found in the TV shop that if I bought Ankle Bracelets with Ball and chains (like what Chain Gangs use at prisons) it drains off the static just as well and "increases productivity".......  he he

Tinhorn
 

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