Computer Skill: Advanced
Electronics / Soldering skills: On par with a 5year old and / or a well fed chimp.
English Skill: Bearly remembers to use a spell checker.
I've recently developed a problem with my pi (one of the very first batches sent out). After a short period of operation it would freeze, still displaying via HDMI but not accepting any input and sitting on a single red LED.
After some quick fault hunting with different PSU's / cables and so on I’ve come to the conclusion it may be an "F3 poly fuse" fault.
After a bit of Google-fu I found the power section of the troubleshooting wiki;
http://elinux.org/R-Pi_Troubleshooting# ... r_problems
As the guide says I took readings using the TP2 test point and the F3, at power on it would be a stable 5v but after a few minutes of anything it would drop to 4.30v. The guide says anything more than a 0.3v drop could be an iffy poly fuse and I’ve got a drop of 0.7v.
But this raises more questions... if it is the F3, what do I do? My soldering skills are beyond poor and don't think I could re-solder a replacement. Would it just be better to buy a new Pi?