: : : Does anyone out there use the X10 compatible GE Homeminder? I used
: : : to have one and it was pretty cool. It had a video interface to the
: : : TV and an infrared remote. You programmed it interactively/graphically.
: : : But alas, the video went out and I couldn't find anyone to repair it.
: : I used to have the Homeminder, but mine, like yours blew the video. I
: : never could get it fixed. I got mine at a Radio Shack closeout for a
: : good cheap price. I did like it, especially, the telephone access
: : capability.
: I would be interested in buying or trading a Homeminder with broken video
: you've got a Homeminder that you want to get rid of.
I too bought a Homeminder on sale at R.S. Worked fine for several years
until I went to switch the time to/from Daylight saveings, No video output.
I blindly re-set the clock, all was working well, and then researched
the problem with video output. Seems the video chip was from a bad batch,
they all went out on a regular schedule, but I was able to get a spare
from a local vendor. The part is made by Texas Inst. and was about $5
as I recall. E-Z to replace if you have done any electronics soldering, I
just clipped out the old part and soldered the new one right on to the
old pins. It was about a 40 pin part, I'd give the pn, but I glued a
heatsink to the top of the IC, It ran a bit toasty, but has been going for
another 4 or 5 years now. It lives in the garage, plugged into a 220v appliance
module which I use as a coupling bridge 'tween the 2 phases of power.
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