Question about Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator
My TI 83 wont turn on. changed the batteries still doesnt work. It wont respond to anything. Any ideas
On TI-83 Plus and TI-83 calculators that have the newer flat screen (as opposed to the first generation TI-83 with the tilted screen):
1. Open the battery compartment cover
2. Install known working batteries
3. Using a voltmeter, insert probe ends into the holes right beneath the 2 center batteries and touch the circuit board on either side. One is a (+) side and the other is a (-) side, so both must be touched. Be careful to ONLY touch the copper square of the circuit board. If your voltage reads 0 or very low (1-2 volts) proceed to step 4. If your voltage reads about 6 volts, your problem lies elsewhere.
4. Using a voltmeter, insert probe ends on the bottom of the 2 outside batteries where the springs are visible. If voltage reads about 6 volts, proceed to step 5. If voltage reads 0, your problem is that the springs are not making good contact with the batteries due to corrosion or weak springs. You will need to clean them or get donor parts. Find a calculator with a broken screen that comes on and swap the back covers. Details on how to remove the back cover further on.
5. Using a T6 torx electronics screwdriver remove all 6 screws on the back and using a small phillips, remove the backup battery cover.
6. WARNING! Disassembling your calculator can cause unrepairable damage. Only proceed if you have no other options! Using a small flat electronics screwdriver, pry into the case on the side about 4 ridges up where there is a small hole. Pop both sides open and break case away from the bottom to the top- NEVER FROM SIDE TO SIDE. (Going from side to side can damage the I/O port.)
7. Look at the copper squares at the bottom of the board. You can see where 2 springs make contact from the back cover. Often this is dirty, corroded, or the springs are weak and not making contact. Clean this area with alcohol and gently scrape away any oxidation.
8. Put calculator back together and test. When a calculator will not turn on, this is likely the culprit.
I have fixed several calculators with this method.
Posted on Dec 17, 2007
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