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ZXW Tool Free Alternative – Free Board View Software Review

Today we came across this 100% free alternative to Zillion X Works ZXWTool.

This tool has been created by Guido Pola and we think the guys over at UnionRepair have some help in this, we have had a play around with it and it will be a strong contender to ZXWTool. This is likely due in part to this tool using board files that look as if they have been ripped directly from the latest ZXWTool ..

You can load your own .brd files or use the ones provided free with the software.

Here we have a side by side shot of both ZXW Tool and PhoneBoard software.

We’ve loaded up the iPad Mini 4 board view file that is provided by each respective program. As you can see both board files have the same, I guess you could say errors? Both are missing Net Names (so no search functions) and the only other major difference is the ZXW version has the ground tabs for the main RF shielding, whilst the PhoneBoard software has the correct shape ground tabs for the flex covers around the Power switch FPC.

We doubt they are a direct rip, alternatively they are most likely from the same source.. The magic Apple schematic shop in Russia the sky..

Direct comparison

As far as supported models go ZXW is the winner… HOWEVER, seeing as PhoneBoard is backed by UnionRepair and is free (so higher adoption rate), we feel that PhoneBoard will overtake ZXW in a matter of months!

Readers may be un-surprised to know that PhoneBoard, unlike ZXW, does not come with schematics. We think this has to do with Apple and their lawyers.

PhoneBoard has a much more intuitive user interface compared to ZXW, it feels more modern. However, again there are some shortcomings, namely we only have a small handful of options, no rightclick menu and no hot keys!

BOTH software packages lose a few brownie points for the complete inability to breakout windows. Most people only use one monitor but on a setup like ours (we use three), being able to arrange windows and save the workspace would be an awesome feature! You could have a schematic on one screen, the board view on another and other shop stuff open on the third.

One (or really two) other great feature(s) of ZXW that would be super awesome to have in PhoneBoard, is the “Solutions” table and the “remarks” function.

Example of a Plz Bro Solution

We feel if PhoneBoard had a community like solutions sharing option it would make it the best board view program available.

This has the potential to be a huge community building opportunity!

Final Thoughts?

PhoneBoard has the potential to be industry changing but needs improvement, here are our suggestions.

  • Add user solutions and comment section, this could even be boosted by offering a ‘gold’ style system, where users can tip solutions creators via the program ($1 or $2 donations, PhoneBoard could maybe take a tiny cut?)  This isn’t just for solutions but also for say Diode measurements

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  • HOT KEYS, Please add hot key support

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  • ADS, yes ads. one small ad square or even a startup safe for work ad as part of the splash screen.

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  • Add more options for advanced users, a right click menu, allow a custom save-able workspace (windows stay in arranged position, like Adobe Premier Pro)

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  • Add part numbers, photos and shop links as a right click option. Say Right click on J2401 on an iPhone 6 PCB, it could show a photo and a purchase link sending you to Union Repairs site. (some popular PCB design software does this!)

PhoneBoard is a free software, however, if you are a repair business and you use the software to make money, please support their work (more info below).

You can download PhoneBoard for free here:

https://www.phoneboard.co/

Playstation 2 – SCPH-30000 Series Service Manual (6th ed) for GH-010, GH-012 boards

Schematic block diagram and troubleshooting guide for 3000 series Playstation 2 Console

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Playstation 2 – SCPH-30000 Series Service Manual (2nd ed) for GH-004, GH-005, GH-006, GH-007 boards

Schematic block diagram and troubleshooting guide for 3000 series Playstation 2 Console

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Playstation 2 Level-1 Service and Procedures Manual (Version 4.0)

PlayStation®2
SCPH-30000 series
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SCPH-39000 series
SCPH-50000/50000SS series

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Phone X full schematic searchable (Qualcomm Edition)

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Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro J250F Charging Solution USB Ways

Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro J250F Charging Solution USB Ways
Samsung SM-J250F Charging Solution Charging Ways Not Charging Problem USB Ways Fake Charging Problem Charging IC Solution

Not charging or slow charging is a very common issue of most of the android devices, and it’s true for Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro J250F as well. A lot of users are facing this Lenovo Vibe C Not Charging issue. If you are one of those users, here are some fixes that can be followed in order to fix the issue.

Here is the solution for Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro Not Charging problem like there is No Charging indication shows on the display when the battery charger is being a plug-in.
This problem is may cause by faulty components Samsung J250F PCB board. This problem may sometimes happen if the device suffered wet or water damaged or just exist

iPhone 7 Usb Charging Problem Solution Jumper Ways Smartphone Repairing

Issue:- IPhone 7 usb charge solution, Unrecognized IPhone 7 USB not detected Smartphone Repairing

iPhone 5 LCD back light Solution

iPhone 6 Mic Solution Ways Problem Ic Jumper

iPhone 6 Mic Solution Ways Problem Ic Jumper and Trick – If your phone’s voice can not be heard by others is usually damage around the microphone. when ever our voice can not reach to destination mobile phone or we can not record our own voice in voice recorder of cell phone it means it Mic not working. well, if you find a problem like this does not need to be confused because we has provided a diagram that you can practice right in your garage.
Dry your Apple iPhone 6 with a dry towel to eliminate any visible traces of water or moisture.
Remove battery
Clean all the openings (Headphone port, Charging port etc.) with the help of cotton buds in order to eliminate all possible traces of water and moisture completely.
Check the MIC hole opening is dust free. If MIC hole is dusty or damaged then clean with PCB cleaner.

iPhone 5 Mic Solution Jumper Problem Ways Microphone

iPhone 5 Mic Solution Jumper Problem Ways Microphone
Here’s another Apple iPhone 5 solution for not working microphone problem. The solution below provides the connection line paths and the components of the microphone circuit on iPhone 5.
The first step try to check the mic hole on the mobile phone, which covered the mic hole can result in imperfect voice caught by the mic, so what’s wrong first checking the mic hole. If it is ascertained mic hole no problem, try the next step.
Apple iPhone 5 mic jumper ways tracks.

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