[NTLK] Plan for Performing eMate 300 Hinge Repair

Alan Grassia alan.grassia at gmail.com
Thu Apr 15 18:45:45 PDT 2021

Hello Newton Friends,


Two weeks ago I purchased an eMate 300 in good condition on eBay.  I received it about a week ago.  Having read the recent posts here, I get, I need to open this eMate up and check for and possibly do the hinge repair.


Reading the eMate 300 disassembly directions on Frank’s website, Pda-Soft.de at https://www.pda-soft.de/en/hardware/emate/disassembly/disassembly.html.


I do not have any skills with electrical wiring or soldering.  Is it possible for me to disassemble the eMate without desoldering the four wires on the system board?


If the answer is ‘No’, or ‘It’s really more difficult that way’, is there a specific soldering iron that I should look for to heat up the solder to remove/reinstall the four wires?


For example, is there a difference in soldering iron kits?  Is a 25-Watt soldering iron better than a 40-Watt soldering iron for this kind of work?  Here’s an example of a soldering iron kit that a local home improvement store has for sale: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Weller-25-Watt-Standard-Duty-Soldering-Iron-Kit-SP25NKUS/204195328#overlay


What do you folks think? I accept that I need to do the repair.  I’m looking for some guidance about how best proceed.


Thanks in advance.



Alan Grassia



MessagePad 2000, MessagePad 2100, eMate 300


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