Re: Pole Position monitor blowing fuse

From: John Robertson <>
Date: Sat Apr 17 2010 - 12:13:41 EDT

Christopher X. Candreva wrote:
> I've got a Matsuhita TM-202 in my Pole Position that is blowing
> Fuse F002 . In 2005 I replaced the flyback and recaped this monitor.
> And -- that's about all I know.
> I know my way around vector monitors, but where do you start on a raster ?
> ==========================================================
> Chris Candreva -- -- (914) 948-3162
> WestNet Internet Services of Westchester

Hi Chris,

Well, the first thing to check is if the horizontal output transistor
(HOT) is shorted. You need to remove it or unsolder the emitter and base
leads to check that out. If it is shorted then you need to check if the
flyback is good or bad - I happen to sell an in-circuit flyback tester
that can help here ($42US), and it is good for testing flybacks in both
raster and vector monitors...(sorry about the ad) or you can borrow one
of these from someone on this list - we have sold a few to regulars here.

I find that the flyback or HOT fail from capacitors breaking down - a
good argument for checking caps every now and then for signs of heating
up (plastic film on cap appears to shrink back from covering 1/3 of the
top of the cap) or monitor changing size, etc. are clues that it is time
for recapping. Many recap kits are using inexpensive capacitors that do
not meet factory standards for ESR charateristics - I found Competative
Products kits to be poor in this area and we would replace a couple of
their caps with better rated ones as required in the horizontal section
of the monitor. Caps with low high ESR tend to fail faster and load the
circuit down more than caps with low ESR.

Of course the blown fuse could be simply a shorted diode on the primary
B+ supply...

John :-#)#

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