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Getting into a Starmate ST2R

I have a Sirius Starmate ST2R Satellite Receiver.  I need to get inside it to re-solder the 12V DC connection.  I took all the screws out and it still won't open up.  Does anyone know how to get inside this unit?

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  • tvshooter Feb 15, 2008

    I'm asking because another poster on this forum (papapump) stated in another thread that this had happened to him three times with his Starmate and he "opened up the unit and resoldered."  Obviously there's some way to do it without destroying it.  Is there any way to contact a specific user, namely papapump??

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2008

    any tricks on opening up the casing?

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2009

    i think i have the same problem-not sure if it's the cord or the radio but it just shuts off by itself frequently. any specs on the power supply cord-i want to try another one but no dealers around have the sirius part and i want to try one i have lying around but don't want to smoke the radio.

  • Anonymous Feb 24, 2009

    my starmate has problems staying on at plug to power it. comes on and off iradically. mostly off. told at radio shack he has seen this problem on this unit afew times & is caused by sldering coming loose at plug port.

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I got in!!!! i first removed all 4 screws. I then used my pen knife (or the like...i.e. a very thin blade) and inserted it on the right side (rounded end). Insert in an upward direction so that the blade ends up under the gray (top side) plastic. I then very slowly worked it toward the bottom of the unit using a slight prying motion. It popped open a little for me - just enough so that i could more easily work the blade in the other direction and pop more open. eventually i was able to get the whole gray part off. Be carefull because as you begin taking it apart, the rubber buttons may fall out - no big deal because they are just in there via pressure anyway. (for me, very little damage was caused by using the blade - barely noticable)

Once the top is separated from the bottom, be careful...the actual circuit board is no longer attached to the black placstic backing, but it will not come apart due to an internal copper wire (it may be the fm transmitter antenna). It is secured to the black plastic via plastic tabs that appear to be folded over on the wire - and if you pull it out, it looks like you may not get the wire back the way it should be.

anyway, for my purposes, i did not need to remove the copper wire.....i positioned the circiut board far enough away from the black plastic in order to get a soldering iron in there to re-attach one of the "legs" of the 12V plug. I just got a drop of solder on the iron and placed in on the leg. I have not tried it out yet, but it seems to have re-attached securely


Hope this helps.

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The cases are not made to enter, they have an interlocking plastic housing that isn't suppose to release once closed. The unit can be forced apart at the seam but it will damage the housing,

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It will snap come undone to fix user error of broken solder joint power connector ........wam listen n to ......octane aaaaaaaa

use good quality backside of exacto get it a little at a time next desolder antenna joint pops out the mobo and you can go from there .........

Posted on Nov 03, 2013

Take the ******* radio back to sirius hq in nyc and throw the pieceof **** thru the ******* window.those assholes dont give two shits about the customer.they are still trying to figure how there going to pay stern.i love sat radio but these assholes make it so you got spend 500 a year for subscriptions and replacement radios.**** them all to hell especially customer service.******** sirius,I QUIT!!!

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