Hello there Saber smiths!
I just wanted to give a status report for those of you who have been asking when Saber Tech Shop will be ready to repair those Ultrasound boards.
The simple story is that I've been ready to add the Ultrasound boards to my repair service for nearly a month now. I got Plecter Labs Crystal Focus
repairs all up and running about a month ago and I've been trying to get in contact with Alex of Ultrasabers to finish off all the details. I met Alex in person this last summer and we chatted about doing this service (before I had even begun setting it up with CF
first.) Alex was and I believe still is very into the idea.
I need to contact Alex so I can get a basic schematic of the US boards, and set up a supply of replacement parts for the boards. I have both of those for CF and it's needed at times to debug and to replace fried chips. Until I get those, I have the tools, but not no parts in case somebody fried something. I CAN provide work-arounds for damaged PCB
traces, solder blobs on chip pins, and other small issues. But until I have parts and a ROM file to burn the firmware into the PIC microcontroller, there's only so much I can do. I can however do saber installs or build jobs with already working boards and all needed parts for your sabers. I even have videos posted on the http://www.sabertechshop.com
website where you can see some work I did already for customers.
In case you are wondering what kind of traffic I have seen since opening this small business in the last nearly 2 months... I've fixed/updated 12 CF boards, done a full install on a TCSS saber hilt with US 2.5 board for a customer, soldered a CF completely from scratch (bare PCB), and sold a completed CF based saber on my website. I have more boards on their way to me now for repair and other saber build requests in the que.
I spoke with Yoda of FX-Sabers (this website) on the phone and he's going to add a whole section of the website just for Saber Tech Shop very soon. So I can provide info there.
Another side note, I created this business because I didn't want to COMPETE with anybody out there, I wanted to be a positive influence that compliments this hobby we already have. That's one reason I'm working to eventually repair all boards from all builders who will work with me. Erv' was the first awesome dude to work with me to get this set up, and I hope to keep extending my coverage to other technologies in the near future. A huge goal I have for myself with Saber Tech Shop is to do business with unquestioned integrity and respect. I want the community to KNOW I'm trustworthy and that my feedback/info is high quality and legit.
On a professional/career note, the Motherboard I worked so hard to create in the last year (I am the Lead BIOS developer for Intel on this board) has gotten FANTASTIC reviews and has even been awarded many honors. It was called "Kingsberg" internally and DP55KG externally. Actually, it's one common BIOS on 3 boards (DP55KG, DP55SB and DP55WG) but Kingsberg was the master board so it gets all the press. Here's a few reviews of my main career work.http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=364&Itemid=69
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"" class="bbc_link" target="_blank">Hi Tech Legionhttp://www.motherboards.org/reviews/motherboards/1948_3.html
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Thanks for all of your support, I'll post more updates as they come in. Back to work for me!