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Subject: Re: Archos Recorder FM disassembly and re-assembly

Re: Archos Recorder FM disassembly and re-assembly

From: scott <>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 17:29:52 -0700 (PDT)

i havn't gotten around to opening my FMR yet, but i get the idea of what you did. it seems the
best way to bend it back would be with a pliers or something similar. i wouldn't reccomend bending
it too many times though, as you wouldn't want the flanges to break off. it seems to me the best
idea would be to either learn to solder, or find someone who's already good at it, to do it for


--- TP Diffenbach <> wrote:
> I partially diassaembled my archos FM Recorder today, as a practice run at
> replacing the hard drive.
> The back plate of the fm recorder is a pieced of soft metal (aluminum?) bent 90
> degrees at each edge into flanges, to form a tray. The sides of the tray are
> soldered to the archos main board (the top and the bottom are not solderedd), to
> form a box; the hardrive (hdd) rests in the bootom of the box, next to the
> backplate, the battery sits atop the hdd, sandwiched between the hdd and the main
> board:
> Bad ASCII art of this arrangment, viewing the top (or bottom) of the Archos:
> solder point -- main board -- solder point
> f f
> l battery l
> a a
> n n
> g hard drive g
> e/ e/
> b d
> e n
> nd ------------ back plate ---------- be
> As I'm not a solderer, I elected to bend the top and bottom flanges rather than
> un-soder the side flanges; Rather than than unbend the 90 angles, I just put
> pressure on the flanges until they bent where they's naturally bend, which happens
> to have been on the inside edge of the "feet" (the feet which the bumpers fit
> into) on the back plate. More bad ASCII art, partial view from the side of the Archos:
> flange --------------------> | v------- my bend (exaggerated)
> 90 degree factory bend ----> |__ o___
> foot--------------------------> \__/
> My question is this: how can I best straighten these bends, given that my only
> access to the inside (convex) portion of the bend is through a bent flange (as I
> still do not wish to unsolder), and given that the bend presses against the
> (removable) harddrive, and is attached to a (delicate) main board?
> Thanks,
> Tom
> --
> Archos FM has a Rockbox!

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