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Old 1st April 2011, 01:52 AM   #1
jordyyy is offline jordyyy  United States
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Default Gigaworks Dac popping and sparking!

My gigaworks DAC is popping and sparking.
I left home for spring break, and forgot to unplug the Dac, and when I came back after a week and tried to play it, it went crazy. I immediately unplugged it and left it for a few hours. I tried it again, when I took the video linked below, and it calmed down a lot, but have not plugged it in since Sunday. It had been on for a lot longer than a week many other times, but I had music playing through it consistently. The underside has little sparks flying around, so I decided not to touch it again.

Any help?

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Old 1st April 2011, 03:35 AM   #2
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Hi jordyyy,
The video is kinda dark...hard to see anything. Are there any burned or discolored parts? Is the sparking isolated to a specific part or area of the board?
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Old 1st April 2011, 03:38 AM   #3
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No burned or discolored parts. The sparking is on the underneath, I won't touch it again while it is plugged in. The sparks go from solder end to solder end spastically all over the bottom of the board when it pops.
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Old 1st April 2011, 02:13 PM   #4
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The only thing I can think of that would do that is steel wool dust. I guess it could possibly be a bad trafo leaking 110, but you would think that would fry it.
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