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I often say that troubleshooting is the main skill I possess. My day job requires interfacing with manufacturing and trying to help them solve problems from time to time (among other things). And recently while working on an issue, I’ve come upon one of the most difficult problems to solve: component level problems. The hard part about component level problems is narrowing down and eliminating all of the other potential problems in a circuit board. ┬áThere’s always temptation to look at a problematic part of a circuit and immediately declare, “These parts are no good. Get me the vendor on the phone so I can yell at them!“. However, that would have you chasing ghost problems and wouldn’t make you any friends at the part manufacturer or distributor. No one likes their product being accused of being shoddy, nor do they like chasing problems you have fabricated because you were…

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