[NTLK] eMate hinge repair for dummies

Woody Smith woodysmith at me.com
Sun Apr 7 13:09:10 EDT 2013

You should do this repair because you may already have a released  
spring that is resting on the ribbon, but not yet cut through.  I have  
seen this in a significant number of eMates that I have opened.

There was a technique that others wrote about where you left the wires  
soldered and manipulated the logic board to flip over to the right.

Due to the ribbons connected to the keyboard i felt that this put too  
much stress and wasn't worth it.

Removing and reattaching the speaker wires and backlight wires is  
extremely easy since they are surface soldered to a small pad.  The  
main risk is over heating the pad and causing it to release from the  
logic board.
I use a hot well tinned soldering pencil, a quick touch while slightly  
tugging the wire and it's released.  To reattach orient the wire on  
the pad which should still have enough solder and with another quick  
touch its reattached, a steady hand is needed to keep the wire in  
place for the solder to harden.
A quick touch is a fraction of a second.
If you own a soldering iron/pencil your skill level is probably high  

If you have a friend with soldering experience, ask for help.  When  
eMates were expensive I helped many folks with this repair but today  
the cost of shipping is greater than the cost of the eMate.


On Apr 7, 2013, at 11:05 AM, Vladislav Korotnev wrote:

> Hello.
> Sadly I haven't done a hinge check on my eMate even though I've had  
> it for >3 years already.
> As far as I've seen on Frank's pda-soft page, I will have to do  
> soldering to the motherboard.
> Is there a way to do it without even bringing the soldering iron  
> close to it?
> Also any ways to replace the battery pack with something more usable  
> would be much appreciated.
> Thanks!
> ~ Vladislav Korotnev
> http://vladkorotnev.github.com/
> http://vladkorotnev.me
> vladkorotnev at gmail.com
> 2:5020/12000.64

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