Re: [uCsimm] Voltage Regulator on uCgardener

From: D. Peter Siddons (
Date: Sat May 19 2001 - 09:23:43 EDT

If the regulator overheats it will shut itself down, so checking the
output should show it going down until the ucsimm doesn't work anymore.
Probably there is a near-short-circuit somewhere, or you have a bad
regulator chip. THe usual suspect would be the tantalum bead capacitor
on the output of the regulator. Try removing the ucsimm module and see
if it still gets hot. If so then see above! Even in normal operation
the regulator gets quite warm, but not usually enough to shut it down.

Brian Reuter wrote:
> Has anyone had a problem with the voltage regulator getting real hot?
> I've checked that the power supply has the correct polarity (negative in
> the middle), I've checked capacitor orientation etc.
> What happens is that I connect to the uCsimm and the bootloader shows
> up, and I get about 30s of connectivity before the device either shuts
> off or I lose the serial link. The only thing that catches my attention
> is that the voltage regulator is getting very hot.
> Anyone experienced this before? FYI, I'm using a 6V, 800mA DC power supply.
> Thanks,
> Brian
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