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Old 03-15-12, 12:10 PM   #8
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Default Re: Transistor knocked off on PCB, how can it still be running?

yeah, probably just a decoupling capacitor.
The goal of those is to reduce noise and supply current during spikes (smooth current variation).
If you have good power delivery, knocking it off should have very little effect.
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