Home on the web ~ Dan Van Fleet

Information on SoftPro ProForm with some general computer tips and techniques, with a bit of me.

Home on the web ~ Dan Van Fleet - Information on SoftPro ProForm with some general computer tips and techniques, with a bit of me.

The CNC Platform, see a SoftPro pen draw a SoftPro Logo

imageLately I've been building a homemade CNC platform intending to be a light mill / router / printer / laser cutter / fill in the blank. To start its setup to be a CNC Router, which has started to make some parts for itself to increase stiffness. I've made it to the first milestone, a running machine I can control that cuts aluminum to reasonable tolerances.

I put a short video on You Tube of it doing the fun task of sketching a SoftPro Logo using a SoftPro pen.

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Vizio SV470XVT1A and Harris TS22 Butt Set, a Good start to the Year.


The last 2 days have been technically a fantastic year.  It started with 2 Harris Butt Sets and ended with a fixed Vizio 47" TV.  I had recently failed a cap replacement on an  Insteon device, so my electronics repair road was on a bad path.  It felt good to relive my roots.


The TV a Vizio SV470XVT1A was an interesting one, it intermittently displayed video, the back lights always worked.  Lots of documented voltages finally lead to a voltage regulator U10 on the daughter board, 0101-4072-0044 which showed a pin hanging at .4 mv when the set failed, and came up to 1.1 mv when it worked.  What a deal, the daughter board is near the cheapest one in the unit.  Amazon had a seller with a used one for $8.

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Title operation Laser Printer

Today was the day that the laser printer died.  For the fifth time!  This time it's staying dead and being replaced.  I've been partial to both HP and Lexmark laser printers for use in land title operations.  We need features like multiple input trays and sometimes multiple output trays.  I settled on a nice 52 page per minute HP Laserjet Ent 600 M602N Printer. It is replacing an HP P4015 printer so we can reuse the Paper tray from that one, and save about three hundred bucks.  The P4015's been in heavy use for 5 years, so it paid for itself a few times over. Need a little more speed, for another $310 go with the HP Laserjet Ent 600 M603N Printer a 62 Page per minute version.  The output mailbox for this series is HP 5-bin Mailbox - printer mailbox.

Batteries AAA and AA

I've been into electronics for 40 years.  The cost of batteries has had me try many different brands, and types.  I use some rechargeable batteries, they are not always the best choice.  For the battery sizes of AAA and AA, I look for a cost per battery of about a quarter. It is important to purchase Alkaline batteries at a minimum, don't get the cheaper, Heavy Duty batteries.  They leak more, don't have the shelf life of an Alkaline, and product less power.

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