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Thompson SKY HD PSU - SATCURE Capacitors

Discussion in 'Sky, Sky+, Sky HD & Sky 3D' started by paul1999, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. paul1999

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    Hello

    I recently purchased an exchange psu for my Thompson Sky HD box from a recommended source (not ebay !) and was told that the psu had been refurbished with satcure mark II (uprated) caps.

    It seems to be working ok but it is early days.

    Most of the new caps are black but one (one of the larger ones) is purple. However I think I remember reading on the web that satcure replacement caps are all purple.

    Can anyone who has purchased new caps/mk II caps from satcure confirm whether they are all black except for one of the larger ones being purple ?

    Many Thanks
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    The Panasonic capacitors are predominantly black with a gold stripe but the telling factor is the beige coloured heat-resistant card between capacitors and heat sink. If that's missing, it's not a SatCure kit and it's not guaranteed. In addition, the shakeproof washer should be correctly fitted underneath the PSU. All information is here: http://www.satcure.net/psu/

    If you didn't buy direct, the approved repairer can give you a password for this web page.
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    Martin- Can you check that link please. It takes one to a login screen.

    EDIT - Cross- posted with your edit - OK- Understood.
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    I have emailed you a link and a password.
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    Martin, once the star washer became known about (around 6 weeks after I installed my exchange PSU from you) I removed the PSU and fitted one.

    However, the heat-resistant card is a much newer development to the repair kit. Having bought my upgraded PSU around 18 months ago is there an option to purchase just the piece of the card, and, if so, how should I fit it (I am assuming it is attached to the board somehow and doesnt just sit there). Seeing as it was so long ago I no-longer have my "keep-Me" email.

    Finally I just want to say thank-you to you and to Michael Dranfield for offering such an excellent upgrade option. As I will tell anyone who will listen on here and on DS, even though I swapped my PSU when my HD box was only seven months old (I was upgrading the HDD and decided I was too lazy to open it up again a year or so later - prevention being better than cure etc), it transformed it from an unreliable donkey to a leopard. No BSODs, no crashes no dual recording or back to back recording problems, no "No Signal" problems and only one missed recording (obviously it has got worse since the new EPG, but I am guessing a repair for that will not available from Satcure any time soon). Some of the improvement is probably down to a better HDD, but I personally think the PSU is the key here (rubbish power in, unstable operation out). It is my opinion that even when new, the original PSU is a pile of noise producing crap and only just upto the job.

    You and Michael have produced an excellent and cost effective repair and upgrade (IMHO) and I salute you both.
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    Obviously the older PSUs without the H.R. card enjoy the full guarantee regardless. You can get the card by sending an addressed envelope to the Sales Office, together with a note asking for HTCARD65, your original order number and two unused first-class stamps (or equivalent) just to help cover costs. The girls are mad about horses so, if you enclose a horsey postcard or similar, you'll get their attention! ;)

    The card is simply slid down between the heatsink and capacitors. You can use a couple of dobs of glue if necessary.

    I can probably locate your order number if you email me details.
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    telling factor is the beige coloured heat-resistant card between capacitors and heat sink. If that's missing, it's not a SatCure kit and it's not guaranteed. In addition, the shakeproof washer should be correctly fitted underneath the PSU. All information is here: http://www.satcure.net/psu/

    If you didn't buy direct, the approved repairer can give you a password for this web page.[/QUOTE]

    Hi - I purchased from an engineer listed on Satcure website - I can provide name if it helps. Would he be an 'approved' repairer as I cannot get access to link ?
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    If he's listed then he's "approved" - until such time as he does something naughty and gets removed!

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