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Repair of broken power supply in Apple Time Capsule

Repair of broken power supply in Apple Time Capsule

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The time capsule power supplies are proving short lived with many now failing after 18months of operation. The supply is very specially designed to fit the space and is filled with silicon goop to
prevent components moving. As a result the supply is well neigh impossible to repair.
Symptoms of bad supply are pretty simply. The on light maybe flickers then nothing. It may have been getting harder to start over a few weeks or months. Now it won’t start at all.
The time capsule power supplies are proving short lived with many now failing after 18months of operation. The supply is very specially designed to fit the space and is filled with silicon goop to
prevent components moving. As a result the supply is well neigh impossible to repair.
Symptoms of bad supply are pretty simply. The on light maybe flickers then nothing. It may have been getting harder to start over a few weeks or months. Now it won’t start at all.

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Repair of broken power supply in Apple Time Capsule.Edition 2. Try to make some points clearer.
The time capsule power supplies are proving short lived with many now failing after 18monthsof operation. The supply is very specially designed to fit the space and is filled with silicon goop toprevent components moving. As a result the supply is well neigh impossible to repair.Symptoms of bad supply are pretty simply. The on light maybe flickers then nothing. It mayhave been getting harder to start over a few weeks or months. Now it won’t start at all.Rather than repair I chose to simply replace the internal supply with an external one.You can find plenty of pics on the web of how to pull it apart. I don’t want to repeatthat so please just look it up. I got thesepics from one of those sites.http://www.hardmac.com/articles/79/ page1http://www.flickr.com/photos/ 24254876@N03/sets/ 72157604011791554/ In brief...Remove the rubber bottom witha heat gun to prevent tearing it. Undo thesmall philips head screws, then lift themetal can being careful with the fancable. Disconnect the fan so the base unitis completely free. Remove the hdd andpower supply.
Pinout as follows5v5vGGG5v
The pinout for board connector.Sata power connector is standard.The original power supply wasrated at 12v 1.2A 5v 3ALooking at the normal hdd, the 5vline should be around .7A so therest of the current is required by theboard. About 10W to the boardand 20W to the hdd is about right.There are several methods to fixthis. It is easy if you remove theexisting sata and power plugs fromthe supply and simply supply themwith correct voltage externally.But you can also use a 12v regu-lated supply and a 12-5v dc con-verter internally.
 
Remove the original power supplyIt says Flextronics, 12V--1.2A 5V--3AThe board on this one is marked Rev:A Jan 08,2008. Perhaps later models will have betterrevised power suupplies. And contrary to someit is actually a well made supply. The issue isApple designed the TC without enough cooling.Open the insulated cover and warm up theiron... To remove the cable bundles you need toadd solder and heat them all at once. Try to rock the cables from side to side as they are bothstuck in the goop and tight in the holes.
Unsolder the connectors. This takes a fair bitof time to get it all hot and pull it out of thegoop.Look carefully at the pic. Once you assemblethe molex into the hole, just solder ground tothe 5 wire bundle, 12v to the single cable. 5vto the bundle of 4 wires.
 
I used an old pc cover plate to protect the insidewhile filing... if you are rough remove theboard. Be warned filing off components tends tomake the board no longer functional... You areresponsible for your actions...!!You want a really neat fit to the Molex connec-tor. And a small grove that it uses as a locator.Actually on second thought, just file off thelocator on the molex.. I did file slightly too deepand left a mark on the outside. The femaleinline molex socket has a lip around it so half the socket will sit inside and half out. That willhide any imperfections in the hole. You needthis for the socket to hold in and also not inter-fere with the fan.Before mounting the molex Idrilled a 1mm hole through theconnector (between the twoground wires so doesn’t matterif they short). I did it by push-ing the molex in and markingthe connector. Then removed itand drilled the hole. Rememberif you drill a hole straightthrough the board it will prob-ably never work again.I pushed a pin (brad nail)through the hole as a lockingdevice and used a drop of silastic but it was very tight so just to be certain it won’t comeout. Remember nails, bits of solder left in side will short outcomponents.If you want a quick and dirty job, just leave the molex sockethanging out of the hole. Nofiling required.

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Hi, this is a good description on how to fix a time capsule. I did mine recently and was very surprised how easy it was. So I recognise your illustrations! Someone initially told me to replace the power supply unit. After doing some research online I contacted http://www.timecapsulefix.com who advised me it was likely to only be the capacitors. They were right and it really was pretty simply to do. Much cheaper at £8.50 than replacing the whole thing too! Well recommend them.
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