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How to replace the cable for the LCD on the FlipTimer or DGT960 game timer

After having used my FlipTimer Scrabble clock from samtimer.com for 3 years, I started having problems with the display. It sometimes displayed unintelligible symbols. It sometimes had segments missing from the numbers. And it sometimes went completely blank (the only way I could get the display to come back was to close the lid part-way). These problems became more frequent over time. Based on the symptoms, I thought it might be a display connection issue, which turned out to be the case.

My repair below almost certainly also applies to the DGT960 chess clock, which physically looks just like the FlipTimer, the only difference being that the FlipTimer is designed as a Scrabble timer, whiile the DGT960 is designed as a chess timer. I am posting this because I suspect this display problem will become a fairly common one, given the design of the timer.

Here are the steps I took:
1. Remove screw from the battery compartment lid.
2. Remove battery.
3. Remove 7 additional screws. 4 are under the glued-on pads, 2 are under the label (I just punched through the label, instead of removing the label), and 1 is in the battery compartment. All these screws are the same length and are shorter than the one holding the battery compartment lid in place.
4. Remove the plate behind the screen. It's held in place by 9 plastic tabs that fit into shallow depressions, 3 on top, 2 on each side and 2 on the bottom. It's best to separate the two halves with a plastic spudger, but since I don't own one, I used a mini flat-head screwdriver with caution. I think it's easiest if you open up the 2 on the bottom first and work your way up.
5. Lift off the bottom plate, being careful not to break the two wires connecting it to the part with all the buttons.
6. Remove both ends of the white ribbon cable by grabbing the cable as close to its ends as possible and firmly pulling it straight out of the black connectors. I found a 90 degree bend in the cable about 1/4" from the end that goes into the LCD (the photos below were taken after I tried to straighten the cable). It turns out that every time the clock was opened and closed, the cable kept bending back and forth at that point, which ultimately broke one or more wires inside the cable.
7. Insert new ribbon cable by gently pushing it into the black connectors. I bought a pack of 10 cables through ebay for the bargain price of $3 ($1 plus $2 shipping). They are 16-pin, 1 mm pitch, 5 cm FFCs.
8. Insert battery and make sure the display works properly before reassembling.
9. Put everything back in reverse order.
10. Glue the 4 white pads back onto the bottom.
11. Enjoy your game

After removal of the white ribbon cable from the black connectors


Close-up of the connector behind the LCD

After insertion of the ribbon cable into the black connectors. The display now works great!

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how to set time


1
Plug in the unit.
First, the month and date appear, then the
year, and then the current Eastern Standard/
Daylight Time appears in the display.
2
Press
TIME ZONE
.
Area number "2" appears in the display.
If you live in the Eastern Time zone, you do
not need to adjust the area setting.
Area number
Time zone
1
Atlantic Standard/
Daylight Time
2
(default)
Eastern Standard/
Daylight Time
3
Central Standard/
Daylight Time
4
Mountain Standard/
Daylight Time
5
Pacific Standard/Daylight
Time
6
Yukon Standard/Daylight
Time
7
Hawaiian Standard/
Daylight Time
3
Press
TIME ZONE
repeatedly until the
desired number appears.
The display returns to the clock about 4
seconds after the operation is complete.
Note
During the shipment and your first use, a clock
error may occur. In this case, refer to "Setting the
clock and date" to set the correct time.
When daylight saving time
(summer time) begins
This unit employs Automatic Daylight Saving
Time/Summer Time adjustment. The DST
indicator appears in the display at the beginning
of the daylight saving time (summer time), and
disappears at the end of it.
?
Daylight saving time begins at: 2:00 AM on the
second Sunday of March.
?
Standard time begins at: 2:00 AM on the first
Sunday of November.
To cancel the automatic DST/summer
time adjustment and to set DST display
manually
The automatic DST/summer time adjustment can
be cancelled.
Press and hold
DST
for at least 3 seconds while
the clock is displayed.
A beep sounds, and "Aut
?
OFF" appears in the
display to show that the automatic DST/summer
time adjustment is cancelled. The display returns
to the clock.
Notes
?
Daylight Saving Time depends on the law in
each country/region, and your area may not use
it. In such a case, cancel the automatic DST/
summer time adjustment before using the set
and set the time manually as necessary.
?
To activate the automatic DST/summer time
adjustment again, press and hold
DST
for at
least 3 seconds. A beep sounds, and "Aut
?
On" appears in the display to show that the
automatic DST/summer time adjustment is
activated. The display returns to the clock.
?
To change the display to the daylight saving
time (summer time) manually, see "To change
the display to the daylight saving time (summer
time) indication."
Setting the clock and
date
To change the setting manually, follow the
procedure from step
1
.
1
Press
CLOCK
for at least 2 seconds.
You will hear a beep and the year will start to
flash in the display.
2
Press
+
or
-
until the correct year
appears in the display.
3
Press
CLOCK
.
4
Repeat steps
2
and
3
to set the month,
day and time.
After setting the time, two short beeps sound
and the clock starts from 0 seconds.
?
Pressing and holding
+
or
-
changes the year,
month or day rapidly.
When setting the current time, time changes
rapidly by 1 minute-increments up to 10
minutes, and then by 10 minute-increments.
?
While setting the clock, you must perform each
step within 65 seconds, or the clock setting
mode will be cancelled.
To display the year and date
Press
SNOOZE/DATE/SLEEP OFF
once for the
date, and within about 3 seconds press it again for
the year.
The display shows the date or year for about 3
seconds and then changes back to the current
time.
If you connect the AC plug to an AC outlet while
this unit is powered from the backup power
source, the current date and time appears in the
following order (the same as when the unit is
powered on after a power interruption).
"month and date" (about 1 second)
?
"year"
(about 1 second)
?
"current time"
To change the display to the daylight
saving time (summer time) indication
Change the daylight saving time (summer time)
adjustment setting according to the following
procedures if you have cancelled the automatic
DST/summer time adjustment.
Press
DST
.
The DST indicator appears in the display and the
time indication changes to the daylight saving
time (summer time).
To deactivate the daylight saving time (summer
time) adjustment, press
DST
again.

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how do I set day and date? All else is set


SETTING THE TIME
Note:
When the signal is being received (as indicated by the atomic indicator signal)
you will not be able to make any setting or adjustments to the clock.
1. To begin setting the clock, press and hold the MODE button located on the back
of the clock for 3 seconds to enter the TIME setting mode.
2. The HOUR digits on the display will begin to flash. Press the UP or DOWN button
to set the HOUR in one hour increments. Press the UP or DOWN button as
necessary until the correct hour is displayed.
Note:
If you are in the 12 hour time format, be sure you are in the correct AM or PM
time period. When the "PM" indicator appears on the display, the time displayed is in
the 12 hour period between 12:00 noon and midnight.
3. Press the MODE button again to exit the HOUR setting and enter the MINUTE
setting mode.
4. The MINUTE digits on the display will begin to flash. Press the UP or DOWN
button to set the MINUTES in one minute increments. Press the UP or DOWN
button as necessary until the correct minute is displayed.
5. Press the MODE button again to exit the MINUTE setting and enter the
SECONDS setting mode.
6. The SECONDS digits on the display will begin to flash. Press the UP or DOWN
button to reset the SECONDS to zero.
7. Press the MODE button again to exit the time setting mode. The clock will
automatically return to the normal time display mode.
Note:
If no settings are made within 30 seconds, the clock will automatically return
to the normal time display mode. If this happens, you will need to start the time
setting procedure again from step

SETTING THE CALENDAR
1. Press the MODE button (located on the back of the clock) twice (do not hold the
mode button) to display the CALENDAR.
Note:
The YEAR icon will be shown on the display indicating you are in the year
display mode.
2. Press and hold the MODE button for 3 seconds to enter the CALENDAR setting
mode.
3. The YEAR digits on the display will begin to flash. Press the UP or DOWN button
to set the YEAR in one year increments. Press the UP or DOWN button as
necessary until the correct year is displayed.
4. Press the MODE button again to exit the YEAR setting and enter the MONTH setting
mode.
5. The MONTH digits on the display will begin to flash. Press the UP or DOWN button
to set the MONTH in one month increments. Press the UP or DOWN button as
necessary until the correct month is displayed
6. Press the MODE button again to exit the MONTH setting and enter the DATE
setting mode.
7. The DATE digits on the display will begin to flash. Intermittently pressing and
releasing the UP or DOWN button to set the DATE in day one increments. Press
the UP or DOWN button as necessary until the correct date is displayed.
Note:
The day of the week will automatically set according to the month, date, and
year.
8. Press the MODE button again to exit the calendar setting mode. The clock will
automatically return to the normal time display mode.
Note:
If no settings are made within 30 seconds, the clock will automatically return to
the normal time display mode. If this happens, you will need to start the calendar
setting procedure again from step 1

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KitchenAid Superba Double Oven clock won't light up


hold down the clock button for 3-5 secs. youve somehow toggled the clock dosplay off.

Nov 05, 2008 | Ovens

1 Answer

Clock problem


try holding hte clock/set start button in for 3-5 secs, it sounds as if youve accidently turned of the clock display. .. a common issue especially after turning clocks back.. its a built in feature for people with too many clocks in kitchen, they allow you to turn off the display.

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Daylight Savings Times Changed


Directions for Resetting the Daylight Savings Time (DST) Start & End Dates on the Emerson Research Smartset Dual Alarm Clock Radio (cks5055s):
  • This should work for all Smartsets, but I cannot make the guarantee (and no, I don't have any other directions, sorry)!
  • Adjusting the DST Start Date on an Emerson Research Smartset:
    1. Depress & hold the MONTH/DATE and the ALARM1 buttons (at the same time). After 3 seconds the display will show the DST 'start' month, week, and date. It should be alternately showing "4 F" (April and first week week) and "4. 1".
    2. While still holding the MONT/DATE and the ALARM1 buttons, press the DOWN (or "-") button 3 times, until the display is showing "3" (March) and the week as "F2". It should alternately flash "3 F2" and "3. 11".
    3. After this is set, the clock should "automatically" reset itself
  • Adjusting the DST End Date on an Emerson Research Smartset:
    1. Depress & hold the MONTH/DATE and the ALARM2 buttons (at the same time). After 3 seconds the display will show the DST 'end' month, week, and date. It should be alternately showing "10 L" (October and last week week) and "10. 28".
    2. While still holding the MONT/DATE and the ALARM1 buttons, press the UP (or "+") button 1 time, until the display is showing "11" (November) and the week as "F". It should alternately flash "11 F" and "11. 4".
    3. After this is set, the clock should "automatically" reset itself
One thing to note, if you ever have to change the lithium backup battery for the Smartset clocks, it will revert back to it's factory defaults and you'll have to go through his all over again.

Oct 29, 2007 | Emerson Smartset Clock Radio

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