Are there companies out there that one can send old discontinued players
like 120's and 140's to to get repaired if the drive or battery would quit
working one day? I imagine the drive in the 120 is between the boards too,
so repair by a blind guy like me would be next to impossible. I was thinking
of getting a couple more on Ebay as I could afford them because they're
good, rare, and discontinued.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Christopher Woods" <christof_at_infinitus.co.uk>
To: "'Rockbox'" <rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se>
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 11:44 PM
Subject: RE: An old new experience
> The H140 is a total pain in the arse to take apart - the hard drive is
> sandwiched between two layers of PCB, all the screws are tiny Torx screws
> (of varying lengths), to get the hard drive into its seat (and connected
> the mini-ATA connector) is an absolute mission - and it's night on
> impossible to remove the battery connection without the constant worry
> you're going to do permanent damage to the PCB part (the 'socket' part) of
> the connector. When my player froze (totally froze, reset button wouldn't
> anything either) I had to take it apart - while it was still on! - and
> out the pins from the battery connection to the PCB. Oh, and to do this I
> had to remove the hard drive - with the power still on (!!) - so I could
> to the battery connector, which is wisely on the underside of the bottom
> It was an absolute mission putting it all back together - the side buttons
> have their own little strip panel, and you have to make sure it's all
> perfectly aligned when you put it back together. I'm not saying it's
> impossible (after all, a new like me managed it), but I wouldn't want to
> it again any time soon unless it was absolutely necessitated.
> I'm sure I took some photos, lemme see if they're around here somewhere...
> Aha: http://kerblam.co.uk/pictures/iriverh140inbits/
> I took some shots to identify chips used on the PCB (I thought I might as
> well, even though they're full-documented on the Rockbox site, there's
> always the off chance that particular components might be different). Most
> of the other shots show: the dimensions of the hard drive compared to a 2p
> piece, the hard drive in situ with its blue rubber shock shield on (that's
> PAIN to get on and off, and you have to take it off to remove the hard
> to get to the battery compartment). You can also see the battery -> PCB
> connector, and how mangled I made it through trying to (carefully, mind)
> extract it with tweezers, various small tools... I had no luck at all
> whatsoever, and ended up giving up and just shorting the pins leading onto
> the PCB as I mentioned above (risky, I know, but needs must).
> And yeah, there are wires really flimsily-soldered onto the PCB for the
> panel buttons, which you have to wrap the wires for around the side of the
> PCBs in just the right place, otherwise the entire case won't shut
> properly... Arg, I did get the overwhelming sensation that they weren't
> really designed for re-closure once opened ;)
> Hope these photos are of some use to someone.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Neon John [mailto:jgd_at_johngsbbq.com]
>> Sent: 28 November 2006 16:17
>> To: Rockbox
>> Subject: Re: An old new experience
>> On Mon, 27 Nov 2006 06:00:58 -0700, Rocker <rocker_at_shaw.ca> wrote:
>> >> The last thing I do is gently squeeze the opening of the headphone
>> >> jack with smooth jaw needle nose pliers while gently heating the
>> >> plastic with hot air using an SMT hot air needle with the
>> heat turned
>> >> down. The objective is to make the opening slightly oval so as to
>> >> tightly grip the headphone jack. This eliminates the annoying
>> >> problem of the cord pulling out during vigorous activities.
>> >> Button 'er up and she's ready.
>> >LOL dude yyour the king of mods man. When my battery goes on the
>> >IHP-140 can I send it to you for replacement? Or ar you
>> just an Archos man?
>> Perhaps, depending on what I'm doing at the time. I've never
>> seen an Iriver in person but I suppose it comes apart like
>> most other small electronic gadgets.
>> >wish I could see so I could tinker like that. Well Ive got
>> my drum kit
>> >project I'm working on.
>> I hear ya. My eyes have gotten bad enough that I have to use
>> a stereoscope to do PCB work that I could do with naked eyes
>> not that many years ago. Impending geezerdom is a b*tch!
>> >A Falican rack with floating everything including a really wild
>> >modified remote hat.
>> How's that in English? :-)
>> >Good work man. You should be grabbing old unis for parts
>> off of Ebay
>> >and fixing them up for resale.
>> Too much like work and besides, I don't do sleazebay. I
>> retired from all workified-type stuff about 6 months ago.
>> I'm now seeing the country by wheeling around an 18-wheel
>> rig. Lovin' it. The JBR sure gets a workout.
>> John De Armond
>> See my website for my current email address
>> http://www.neon-john.com Cleveland, Occupied TN Don't let
>> your schooling interfere with your education-Mark Twain
Received on 2006-11-29