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Subject: Thanks for helping me fix my Archos :-)

Thanks for helping me fix my Archos :-)

From: Nuutti Kotivuori <>
Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 21:37:25 +0200

Nuutti Kotivuori wrote:
> There are six solder "joints" on the top board - under the silver
> stickers - three on each side. These solder "joints" connect the top
> board to the ground - eg. the battery compartment metals and so
> on.

So, what happened in the end was that I took my soldering iron and a
nice hunk of soldering tin and made *ugly* traces of tin going from
the battery compartment metal to on top of the board where the solder
points are. _Yes_, it is going on the outside of the board, on top of
the board. Now this wasn't too easy to achieve and I didn't do it too

After that I tested the connection to ground from each of the solder
points, and it was fine. Then I put everything together, tightened the
screws and turned the machine on.

Poot! Hard drive didn't spin up. Then I took everything apart
again. Hard drive spins up. Put it together. No spin up. Argh.

After some hairpulling I finally cornered it down to a simple fact
that every time I screwed one of the corner torx screws on, the hard
drive stopped working. Well then I pulled everything apart again,
peered at the hard drive from many angles, cleaned the rubber flapper
that was insulating the connectors between the harddrive and the
bottom board and tried to move the line-in wires that go over there in
places where they would obstruct as little as possible.

Then I put everything back together again... and success! The unit is
in perfect working order now! The only visible difference is that the
left battery-cover is a bit more open than it should since the
batteries no longer fit as tightly in the compartment.

So - it was the ground connection, god knows whatever was wrong with
the hard drive screwing - but now everything is fine.

Thank you, very much - I don't think I would've realized that was the
problem without your help.

-- Naked
Received on 2002-11-10

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