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Too many ideas, not enough time and money. Damn - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 3rd, 2013

09:18 am - Too many ideas, not enough time and money. Damn

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I have an annoying bug. And not a mosquito type one either. For that I could just use bug spray. Nope, this bug is of the 'must track down god knows how' variety, and it's in Yorick which is even more annoying.

Everything worked perfectly till I got the final coat on. Did I mention how annoying this bug was? Yeah, that's part of the annoyingness. Anyway, the eyes are supposed to default to 'off' unless there's a magnet near the sensor. When I switch it on, the eyes go on. And moving the sensor affects what happens.




I have resoldered the joins on the sensor, and that made no difference. As you can see in the vid, bending the wires *on the circuit side* of the joins is what affects it. I know from having removed the joins while it was switched on that the default state when the sensor is out of the circuit is for the eyes to be on.

This suggests to me that there's something about the movement of the wires that is breaking the circuit, and that straightening them reconnects it - but the connection is a bit dodgy and I can't leave it like that, obviously. The problem is working out exactly where this break is. Is it in the wires themselves, or within the sensor? And how do I find that out?


Those with electronics knowledge, I would appreciate you watching the vid and spelling out in n00b-speak exactly what you'd do. I have a voltage meter and my next step was going to be to test the various legs to see if that narrows it down - but I'm still not sure how to pinpoint whether the problem's in the wiring or in the sensor itself.

I am hoping not to have to dismantle it too much to fix this, but I have enough materials to do that if I have to. Luckily, I have some time to work on this because my bloody magnets have still not arrived. An email to the company says "we mailed them untrackable, email us next Tuesday if they still aren't there". Which makes me go "I paid $20 for an untrackable parcel? How unprofessional. By the way, when will I get my bloody magnets?"

Also, I had another costume idea. Saarebas. I could totally rock that. And while in canon saarebas are all male, I don't think I could find a suitably athletically-built giant man who would be willing to let me dress him (well, half-dress him) and paint him white, you know? And I'm relatively muscular, so ha! Female kossith saarebas. Take that, canon.



Meanwhile - Come on Barbie, let's go party..

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From:pombagira
Date:October 2nd, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
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oh Yorick.. *coughslookslikeerectionissuescoughs*

which weridy is kinda fitting..

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From:pickleboot
Date:October 3rd, 2013 12:00 am (UTC)
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i hate to say this, but i am willing to bet that you have a bad wire in there somewhere. i would personally rewire the whole thing from the beginning because if you have to bend the wires like that to force the connection you have either a missed connection or a crossed/exposed wire somewhere and the easiest way to fix it is to rewire it.

but it looks really cool.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 3rd, 2013 12:16 am (UTC)
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Before I go to that kind of lengths, I'll test them all first. It's definitely not a crossed wire, but there is a possibility of a joint being dry or one of the wires being broken inside its plastic sheath. And I'm willing to bet that it's in one of those three that lead to the sensor. I can find that and fix it without having to rewire the whole thing.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 3rd, 2013 06:14 am (UTC)
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Turns out the wiring is fine, the problem is with the chip.

Chips are arse.
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