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Blade mCPX Tail Boom Repair

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Decided to repair my mCPx heli. The last time I flew it, it crashed in such a manner that the tail boom cracked and as such was deemed not air-worthy. I found a stick of 2.5mm fiberglass rod and decided to give it a shot. The rod is larger than the original material and is also solid. The original boom was a hollow tube at 2mm diameter. I didn’t have a metric drill bit so I used an fractional bit of the next smaller size at 3/32″. The rod fit and was a bit tight which is good so it doesn’t slip out. After re-soldering the wires back onto the connector and taping the now loose wires onto the boom, it was time for a test flight. The heli hovered great and I was pleased with the outcome. Now I have a heli that I can fly and don’t have to worry as much about the boom cracking in the event of a crash.

 

Blade mCPx
Repaired Blade mCPx

Getting the fake FTDI chips to work on your windows 8.1 machine

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I purchased some devices on ebay from a seller in China. One of the devices was a USB to RS232 converter which uses the FTDI FT232RL chip. When I plugged it in the drivers did not load for it. After a few emails from FTDI support, it turns out that the FTDI chip on the device was a fake. So I did some research and with the help of fellow forum members at www.electronicspoint.com, was able to unbrick my devices that used the fake FTDI chips.

Click CDM v2.10.00 WHQL Certified to download the FTDI CDM v2.10.00 drivers.

Follow the instructions in this youtube video to get the drivers to work. I recommend going to device manager and right clicking on the device which should have a yellow exclamation point then select uninstall. Also check the box to delete the drivers.

Lesson learned…

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I learned a lesson when purchasing hardware from ebay. Make sure what you are getting has genuine equipment. Clones are ok but when you have trouble, you are usually stuck with a piece of junk. I recently bought an arduino pro mini clone that came with a usb to serial converter which has an FT232RL chip from ftdichip.com. I plugged the adapter into my usb port and the drivers did not load for it. After a few days of research, I contacted ftdi support and sent them a screen shot of their usb view software and they confirmed that the device indeed has a NON-GENUINE ftdi chip.

I purchased a nano clone from amazon.com from phantom yo-yo. I used it a few times and had great luck with it. Then over the weekend it stopped working. The same issue here, fake ftdi chips. Money wasted. Here is the one I purchased: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ALDKOX4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

If you are concerned with your FTDI hardware, send them a screen shot of the usb view to us.support@ftdichip.com. They will respond promptly.

PS3 Disc Fixed

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I recently fixed a PS3 disc which had became damaged on the label side. There were many scratches both large and small with some looking like a starry sky. I figured the disc was trashed anyway so I wanted to try an idea I had.

I took a small paint brush and a bottle of Testors 1146 Silver Gloss enamel and painted a thin coat over the damaged areas. After allowing the paint to dry, I tried the disc and now the game plays.

YMMV…Good luck!!!