Service Manuals

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Service Manuals

I was looking for a service manual (Google mostly) for my digital video camera the other day (Sony DCR-TRV230) due to a little repair project that I have and realized the following:

- Service manuals can be found online for anything from ~$5 (well it may have been a user manual) to ~$30.
- User manuals can be found online both free (from Sony for example) and up to ~$30.

So my question is, how are service manuals generally distributed? Do repair shops have to pay for them and then they leak on the internet (with various people trying to make money of them) or is there generally some other process?

Does anyone have a favorite site with free service manuals? I feel like people are out there making money on something that isn't really theirs (well maybe).

Thanks

IC

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some limited success

icecap,
I have some sporadic success googling for schematics and manuals. I've purchased a few from eBay, from Bomarc, and various hamfests. Free is tough though. As I said, I've found a few things. I needed a schematic for a Sony/Sun GDM-5410 monitor and lo and behold I found a site that offered it for free. For some reason, I'm leery about posting the site directly, so I'll say google for

gdm-5410 schematic

and it's the first hit. I looked that site for your video camera, but no real dice.

As far as how they find their way to the net, I always assumed that they leaked from shops.

mike

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Well now that you've typed th

Well now that you've typed that, it may not be the first hit anymore. Behold the power of Applefritter.

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Over the years it sure seems

Over the years it sure seems AF has become quite the "authority" in the Google ranking. It'd be interesting to see the external site link rate into AF articles/posts.

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Re: Well now that you've typed th

themike wrote:
Well now that you've typed that, it may not be the first hit anymore. Behold the power of Applefritter.

Yeah, you are probably right! I have noticed that threads get into google pretty darn quickly. Of course, I failed to mention that like the first five hits were all the same site Wink

mike

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