[NTLK] eMate Hinge Repair Questions
woodysmith at me.com
Mon Aug 22 15:43:38 EDT 2011
Others have reported that it's not necessary to unsolder these wires
but in my opinion it is a major Pain if you don't.
The wires are surface soldered with a relatively low temp solder and a
brief touch with hot iron will release and re-solder them.
Get a soldering pencil and some silver born solder to tin it with, and
On Aug 22, 2011, at 11:33 AM, Brian Skow wrote:
> I recently brought my eMate out of storage, with the intention of
> using it as a handy portable word processor. I was excited to become
> reacquainted with my old friend and his accessories! All was fine
> until, one afternoon, the screen lifting action became very stiff
> and I heard the "pop" (but it seemed to come from the left side, not
> the right). The action is still stiff, and the screen seems fine.
> But, I've closed the screen now, not to be re-opened until I check
> on the hinges.
> I was happy to find numerous eMate support resources, including this
> one, and the two very detailed pages on the hinge fix. I'm fairly
> handy, having done RAM and hard drive upgrades on a PowerBook G4 and
> iBook G4, most of the mechanical work on my vehicles (including
> valve adjustments), etc., so I should be able to handle this repair.
> But, I don't have much experience, or expertise, in soldering! So:
> 1) Is it really necessary to de-solder and re-solder the speaker and
> backlight wires during the repair? In Frank Grundel's PPT/PDF
> slides, he says that it is recommended, but not absolutely
> necessary. In reading his instructions, the repair seems very do-
> able without the de-/re-solder. 2) If I should need to solder,
> should I pick up a soldering set at, say, Radio Shack? Where else?
> What type? Any web pages offering instructions and practice? I've
> done a little bit of copper plumbing soldering (much cruder, of
> course) with a little bit of success.
> Thanks in advance!
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