does anyone have advice on resources (books, tutorials, etc) for learning basic electronics repair for total beginners?

I have a game boy color with a broken speaker, and an old iPod nano with a cracked screen - I’d really like to be able to fix them some day but have no idea where to start

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@ldx I’d check out YouTube videos! That’s how I got started. Pick up a practice soldering kits - they’re usually pretty cheap and you don’t have to worry about messing up something you are trying to preserve.

@gameboycamera thanks for the suggestion! do you have favorite channels or do you just search for the item you want to fix?

@ldx Search for what you’re looking for and once you have practice, you can start branching out

@ldx hosts a bunch of free tutorials on how to fix things. It's also a wiki so you can add instructions for things that confuse you. and are good places to start.

@ldx „always check voltages” is a surprisingly good starting point for repairing electronics. (I.e. do all sections/components the correct supply voltage? Is there a signal on the bus?)

@ldx you check voltages on signal busses uses LEDs or piezos as a very lofi approach.

@ldx I'm also in the learning phase. Started reading The Art of Electronics and its companion book, but haven't made much progress, since I didn't have much to practice with and reading became boring.

@csepp That is a bit more advanced, IMHO. It's a shame that the olde days of "Hack Shack" (colloquialism for Radio Shack) are behind us, but they used to have beginning electronics kits. A crystal radio kit for example, used to be a great and economical starter electronics project! Now, they mostly seem to be vintage and costly if new unopened old stock. ;-/ It's really good to "start small" when it comes to electronics in my experience. @ldx

@byterhymer @csepp interesting! thanks for the perspectives - that book looks neat, so I'll keep it in my bookmarks for later even if a smaller project would be a better place to start :)

@ldx I do not know if Louis Rossmann (of Rossmann Repair Group, an outspoken Right to Repair advocate) is on the FediVerse, however he has a repair guide intended for novices, which can be found here: (there may be better places for it?)

Also, see if you have a local hackerspace (e.g. check in San Francisco for example, Mitch Altman has held circuit hacking Mondays for many years at Noisebridge.


@ldx Regarding a Game Boy Color with a broken speaker, that is probably one of the easier possible repairs.

Replacement speakers are typically economical, and usually only have two wires that would need to be removed and soldered.

So, plausible required items:

1. replacement speaker
2. wires
3. solder (and iron and wick)
4. continuity tester (multimeter even better)
5. gamebit screwdriver (because Nintendo uses proprietary sockets)

That's probably about it?

@byterhymer that's encouraging to know - maybe this will be what I try first :)

@byterhymer @ldx Tri wing screwdriver, not gamebit, I think. I believe gamebit are used for carts. CW: dirty Game Boy

@gameboycamera Ah, you may be correct on that one. Regardless, it's ANNOYING. *sigh* Console hardware designers (and Apple laptop designers, I am looking at YOU whoever decided on pentalobe security screws) have the most head scratchin wtfh with such choices. It's usually economical to circumvent, maybe they're in cahoots with tool bit CNC firms? I have no idea. I don't even know how many I have bought and lost and bought again over the decades.


@byterhymer @gameboycamera so many special screws lol! in any case it’s good to know both - I have a pokemon silver cart with a dead save battery I might want to replace eventually too

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