What is this metal wire for?

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nickyland96

Joined Nov 28, 2023
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hi im trying to bring back to life a spherex 5.1 Xbox surround sub and im looking at the circuit for the power supply and noticed a couple metal wires on the board and one had a little corrosion and i scraped it offelectronic-circuit-board-close-up-2JDCX43.jpg and it looks broken does any one know what this is? there circled in pink
 

Ya’akov

Joined Jan 27, 2019
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They are just links to join the circuit tracks together, it might have been a modification.
Since the silkscreen shows line, and the resistors are called out in their markings, I am going to say this is an older PCB, single-sided, and the designer wanted to treat it as double sided, hence the jumpers—probably avoiding traces on the reverse.
 

Ya’akov

Joined Jan 27, 2019
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Yes, they are jumpers, quite common on single layer PCBs.
The only other use I have seen of such jumpers (aside from deleting optional components like attenuating resistors) is a somewhat bigger version as a burden resistor for current sensing.
 
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