Finally after a thousand cups of coffee (for me that is) it is actually playing music again. This time through the last TDA1545 DAC chip that I haven't destroyed. This is a clone of the "Monica" DAC. I can not comment that much on the sound, since it has been a while since the TDA1543 DAC, was playing, but it sounds nice, and definitely different. If you have some spare chips and time, try it for yourself.

In the final version, R1 is 33k, and C7 has been omitted. C7 seemed to be the part causing the 2 DAC chips to die, I'm not sure why, and I'm not sure the final solution is to leave it out, but since I'm at my last chip, It'll stay that way for a while. Also check the output from the current source between R4 and D1, if above 6V, short out D1, D4, and D7.

TDA1545 NONOS DAC Cadsoft eagle project files

TDA1545 Datasheet

Damn that horse! I have spend much of the day building a TDA1545 version of my DAC, but with no success. The CS8412 SPDIF -> I2S/EIAJ converter locks to the signal, but only noise comes out from the DAC. Maybe I will have to resurrect the TDA1543 board, to make sure everything in front of the DAC, still works.

For a couple of weeks now my backspace key has only been working sporadicly, being frightened that I might hammer they key to atoms, I decided to try and clean it. First I found the service manual of my Dell Inspiron 1300, and pulled out the whole keyboard, only to realize, that I was unable to tear it apart like a normal keyboard. The plastic parts had some pins going through the metal baseplate, these had then been melted flat to keep the thing together. If I pulled these "weldings" apart, I would never be able to assemble the thing again.

In this case google wasn't a friend, since it was only concerned with "sticky" keys, and I do not use sugar in my coffee.

In the end I took the button off, like I had done once before to make sure I hadn't missed anything.

I proceeded to take of the plastic piece over the rubber that contains the conducting "drop" in the middle.

I thought it seemed like there were two holes on the rubber, and began thinking of using what I call "contact clean". I tried spraying a little onto the rubber, and I could see it underneath. I then massaged it gently with a finger, through the rubber (still talking about my keyboard), for a while.

I had an editor running, so that I could see the key, slowly began working. I then replaced the plastic part, and the button, and it is working again!

Nice little horsee ;). Well this nice little horsee, and my daughter teamed up to kill my TDA1543 DAC, that I had been stupid enough to leave on the floor for a while during some tests. The heat sink on the 317 regulator was shorted to ground, while the horse had one of its feet planted firmly inside the case. This led to some very disturbing movements of the speaker cones, but everything except the DAC, seem to have survived. I could probably resurrect it with a new regulator, the TDA1543 chip has proven very sturdy, but I think it has had its time. I'm going to build a new one using the TDA1545, because it simple, and later I will upgrade to the Wolfson WM8740.

Yes it has always looked like this, no wonder my daugther didn't think it was of value.

The code is not quite done yet, an horribly inefficient. Just thought I would add it here so that others could use it.


Hi-TECH C code for the Frequency meter

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