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Subject: FM Recorder developed two Faults
From: John Gurd (j.gurd_at_ntlworld.com)
Date: 2004-08-01


A couple of weeks ago I bought what appears to be the last FM Recorder to be
retailed anywhere in the UK. Although it will still be under warranty I am
worried in case the retailer is not prepared to or cannot repair it. This is
one case where I would rather not just have my money back.

When I first got the FMR I noticed that occasionally it would not start when
I pressed the on button. Incidentally I noticed that Rob reported a similar
problem. Like him I assumed I wasn't pressing the "on" button long enough. I
took the FMR on holiday to Portugal with me and I found that although I kept
it in the shade this problem was much worse when the FMR was in a warm
environment. Nevertheless, I still get the same behaviour from time to time
even when it is cool. it is not strictly related to temperature, battery,
what position the unit is held in or anything else I can think of to
investigate. Once I eventually get it started it works fine but sometimes it
will not start at all and I have to leave it for a while. Is this an
indication of a faulty hard drive? I understand it is possible to replace
the HDD with an 80GB one, can someone point me to some instructions on how
to do it as I have a friend who should be able to do so if necessary.

The other fault is simpler but might be more serious. While I was in
Portugal there was a heat wave and the temperature climbed to dg48 Celsius
(somewhere around 120 Fahrenheit). During this time the right channel
stopped working. I know for a fact that the headphone mini-jack has become
faulty. I think the metal in the headphone jack expanded slightly in the
heat and unfortunately didn't contract when it became cooler so that the tip
of the headphone plug no longer makes contact. I can get the right channel
back temporarily by pressing quite hard on the plug but it's not very
practical. My father-in-law opened up the machine slightly and says the
socket for the headphone jack is enclosed and can't be got at. Does this
mean that it cannot be repaired?

I am prepared to buy another machine on E-Bay or wherever if I have to but
obviously having just purchased the one I have I would be really pleased if
someone could give me some advice or an opinion.

Regards

John Gurd

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