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Subject: Re: AJBR 20 disassembly -- I'm stuck

Re: AJBR 20 disassembly -- I'm stuck

From: Eric Woudenberg, Editor <>
Date: Sun, 06 Apr 2003 22:12:46 -0400

Hi Michael,

I got it, sorry. You have to desolder the USB connector from the CPU
board on mine. The USB connector is fastened to the top with the two
tabs, plus all 4 USB lines (of course) -- that is what was holding it
on. It was also soldered to the bottom board for no particular
purpose it seems. There are two mounting holes and 4 through holes on
the bottom (CPU) board that look like they are intended for mounting
the USB connector, but the connector is mounted so that its pins go
into holes on the top board. Perhaps they had an idea of mounting the
USB connector upside down?


>Since you have a Recorder, there are bound to be differences.
>I remember when I took my Player apart to do the Base and Volume
>Improvement mods, those instructions didn't work for me either. I wound
>up finding that there were a couple of tab to be de-soldered _under_ the
>boards, on the inside of the sandwich, as it were.
>I don't know why my unit was different. It may be that Archos has made
>some changes.
>I wound up completely de-soldering both of the little boards on the ends.
>They were each attached to one of the big boards, plus the metal battery
>shields at each corner of the unit.
>After that, I could see where to de-solder the metal shield from inside the
>sandwich. I don't remember why I couldn't just remove one of the boards,
>but I had to take the unit apart a second time (don't ask...) and I had to
>de-solder the end boards again.
>I hope this helps!
>On Sun, 6 Apr 2003, Eric Woudenberg, Editor wrote:
>> Hi Michael,
>> >Which web instructions? Can you provide a URL and where you are stuck,
>> >relative to that page?
>> Thanks. I started here (but I'm working on an AJBR20 and these plans
>> are for taking apart an AJB6000):
>> The first difference is that I have 6 "tabs" where the top board is
>> soldered to the frame plus two solder connections on the end, near the
>> microphone (holding the top board to the side board). I have removed
>> all that solder and those spots now move freely.
>> The second difference is that it says "carefully lift the top board
>> while pushing down the CPU board below it". In my case, the USB
>> connector on the end keeps the two boards stuck together. I can look
>> inside and see that the 40 pin connector is nearly apart -- that's not
>> what's holding them both together.
>> I have removed the solder from the two tabs that (I think) anchor the
>> USB connector to the top board, but that is apparently not enough. I
>> think the trick must be to desolder the USB connector from the
>> bottom. Has anyone else taken an AJBR20 apart?
>> Rick
Received on 2003-04-07

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