Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fixing Samsung Microwave (SMH7185STG) se error

The other day our microwave started flashing -SE- error code I would unplug it to allow it to reset. Then plug it back in, the -SE- error would come back. So I  start looking around at D.I.Y. forums to find answers. Besides the obvious, "call a repair technician" one other thing kept popping up, the keypad. I found two options to fix it, expensive and cheap. Of course I tried cheap first, I took the keypad panel apart. Where the ribbon cable from the keypad panel connects to the PCB board. I disconnected and cleaned this connection, and there was quite a bit of residue. For safe measure I checked the other connections they seemed fine. After everything was back together, it worked perfectly. No more -SE- error going on four years now.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Little Things 2

Again the simple things seem worse than what they are. One of the home PC's running Windows 7, would shutdown as soon as the computer finished the startup process. It was in a loop.  I ran it in safe mode, checked the event viewer and did a restore point. None, of this worked, I was stumped. As I was waiting for the PC to reboot once more. I looked at the keyboard, the dedicated sleep key was stuck on. So I fixed it, then rebooted the computer and the issue was gone. Apparently a long press of the sleep key will trigger the computer to shutdown.  I have to get it through my head, to closely check the hardware first.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Acceptance of an old enemy

I try not to spend a lot of time thinking about the past. However sometimes it has a way of creeping up on you. I was looking at some old photos on Facebook. It was cool that there were these images documenting that period. One of the comments about me hit a little to close to home. It was he was "a good biker, bad temper" and that was the truth. I hope to have curbed it some since then, but; it has been a demon my whole life. Luckily I never took it out on anyone physically. I can't say if it did or did not hurt peoples feelings. I can imagine it was no fun to be around, acknowledging it has always been a good buffer. This is another acceptance of that old enemy of mine.
Sadly I had some folks around me when I was younger, who just like to see me get angry. I did not have the maturity to see through it.

I can say, now I have friends who have a hard time believing I have a temper. That I guess is progress.