January 28, 2006

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Averatec 6100 Adapter Problems

I read my webalizer logs for all the domains under my controll (on my server) on a relativly regular basis. I find the most intresting parts of the logs is what search terms are bringing users to my site — especially for Snowulf here. The most popular searches that bring people here are gun related. This is extremely intresting to me, because I don’t talk about guns all that much — not as much as I’d like. After that the next most popular item to bring people to my site is Asterisk. I’ll have to get back into Asterisk because one of the recent dist-upgrades on the IP Phone server erased the configuration files (my fault, not debians). After that in search terms seems to be misc stuff, but one caught my eye this time around.

That search term which intrested me so was “averatec 6100 adapter problems”. I felt I should mention this because I too have been having issues with my power adapter for the 6100. For me it is where the cable leaves the adapter block. The flimsy rubber connection gets bent back and forth over and over until it finally breaks (this happened along time ago for me). After a while the rubber shield pulls back a bit and you can see/touch the power cable. Probably not the safest thing, huh? Well there really isn’t much you can do about it. This is one of a number of power supplies that have this same issue. Some notebook makers seem to get it right, some dont. For example: Dell 5100’s power supply has the same terrible problem. I destroyed 4 of thoes adapters in one year (luckly the school replaced em for free).

Hot Glue + PSU?

While you can buy a new powersupply (because no one is going to “repair” your “abuse”), I prefer the cheaper and more ingenious solution. Hot glue. Yes, Hot glue, from a hot glue gun. I set the rubber shield back in place, and then hot glued in in place (as you can see by the crapy camera phone picture on the right). Of course after a while the hotglue work beings to break down a bit or loosen — but warm up the hot glue gun again and that problem is fixed.

(This isn’t a suggestion to go around hot glue’ing power supplies — this is simply my solution. Don’t blame me if you burn yourself or your PSU trying this. YMMV)