[NTLK] Message pad 130

Smith Woody woodysmith at me.com
Tue Apr 17 23:42:00 EDT 2012

On Apr 17, 2012, at 3:16 PM, Forrest Buffenmyer wrote:

> Interesting...so you would say that a MessagePad repair is much more  
> difficult than an eMate hinge repair?

My soldering skills are at the 1960s Heathkit level not the 1990s  
printed circuit board level.  My electronic skills are primitive.

> Understand, I am not at all questioning you. I don't own an eMate  
> and have not even seen one in person. But, after having read the  
> descriptions of Frank and others as to how to perform the hinge  
> repair, I always thought it to be a pretty daunting task.

The hinge repair is mostly being careful and systematic so that things  
don't get lost.  The four wires that are surface soldered to the logic  
board have a mm of clear space around them so a reasonably steady hand  
and a fine tipped temperature controlled soldering pencil makes quick  
work of it.  Straightening a wound up clutch spring requires care and  
fine tipped pliers that can grip firmly without misshaping the coil.   
Repairing a severed display ribbon is beyond my skill level.

I've replaced burned out zener diodes on emates but the solder pad for  
these are bigger than some of the components that Frank is replacing  
on the 1x0 series logic boards.  I've also overlocked my own 2100 and  
eMate, but I wouldn't offer this service because removing the original  
crystal is risky.

> I've had my Newtons apart many times, even overclocked one of them.  
> Right now I've got my little-used OMP apart due to a bad case of the  
> "Jaggies"...anyone have any experience with that problem on this or  
> similar model?

The archives are full of discussions about Jaggies and while it is  
worth trying to clean out any dirt that may be between the digitizer  
and the bezel.  The cure that I have found to be most effective is to  
replace the digitizer.

> Thanks,
> --Forrest
> Sent from my First Generation iPad
> On Apr 16, 2012, at 5:08 PM, Smith Woody <woodysmith at me.com> wrote:
>> There aren't any simple repairs on the Messagepads except part
>> replacement such as backlight, and many wouldn't call that simple.

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