Re: [NTLK] emate tight hinge issue

From: Matt Janeczek (
Date: Thu Jun 19 2003 - 19:04:07 PDT

 How tight would be considered tight? My eMate has hardly ever been used,
and it seems like the lid is semi-stiff. I have to hold the bottom down
withone hand and lift the cover with the other to open it, but is't not like
super difficult to do or anything. I bought it used so I do not know how
much it was used before me, but it seems like the thing was brand new when I
got it. I saw the directions on how to open it and deal with the problem,
but it's like a million steps and I would want to avoid doing that unless I
know for certain it needs to be fixed. Any ideas?
Anthony Velasco wrote:

This is the condition that will destroy your video. The stiffness is
caused by the clutch springs slipping off the axle-mount. Once these
springs slip, the ones that are located on the side with the display
cable can tear the cable apart rather quickly. The more you use it in
this condition, the greater the chances are that it cannot be repaired.
I've seen some nasty, chewed up cables. The video quality, surprisingly,
does not degrade that much - until the display cable is pretty well
chopped up.=20

My suggestion is to stop using it until you have time to do the
maintenance. Or you can just count on spending much more money repairing
or replacing the eMate. The maintenance is much easier and cheaper than
the repairs. See Frank Gruendel's site for an excellent treatise on this

  Anthony Velasco, USFWS-Ecologist/ecotoxicologist


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-----Original Message-----

Nowadays, everytime I flip open my eMate's screen, it feels tight.
the stop-gap measure to loosen it? I know that I should have gotten
installed and all that but I don't exactly have the time to do that at
moment since I'm leaving the US in two weeks. So what's the best
measure, aside from installing actual washers? Thanks. I intend to bring
eMate of course.=3D20


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