[NTLK] Catastrophic hinge repair?

From: Douglas Johnston <douglas.johnston_at_mac.com>
Date: Sun Jun 24 2007 - 03:00:06 EDT

Well, I finally decided to crack open my newish eMate to do the hinge
repair, despite my overwhelming fear of the guts of any electronic
beast. (I'm a software techie, not a hardware one.) Thanks to Frank's
great instructions (http://www.pda-soft.de/emate_disassemble.html) I
was able to disassemble it and --if I don't say so myself-- do an
excellent job on the hinges. The right hinge had one spring out, but
everything, including the display cable, seemed fine otherwise.

Two hours later, I finally put it back together, essentially
following the instructions in reverse, put in the battery, and hit
the power key....

...And nothing. Dead in the water.

I distinctly remember putting back all the cables and ribbons in the
right places and locking them. The case fit fine, and there were no
parts left over. I have no grounding strap, but I constantly touched
pieces of metal during the operation, and handled all parts gingerly.
The only two things that *might* give me a clue is that plugging in
the power adapter will cause the green LED to come on (though the
unit will still not power on), and for some reason the Contrast is
*really* loose, sliding on its own as I tip the machine sideways.

I've cracked the machine open again and started peeking around, but
thus far I can't see anything abnormal.

Any suggestions how I might troubleshoot this? (Keeping in mind I'm a
software guy.... ;-) )

all my best,

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Received on Sun Jun 24 03:00:11 2007

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