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I need to clean the volume control of my Altec Lansing VS 2221 speaker, but when I try to open the enclosure, after removing the two screws, the back only comes off about 1.5 inches from the end the screws are on, then it seems that either the panel is held in with glue of tabs, but won't come off any more. if I force it more I'm almost certain it will break! Is there some trick to opening up the enclosure? By the way, I cleaned the pot on another set of speakers and they work like new again. The AL speakers are really really bad now (lots of noise when using the volume control) and also need cleaning to restore proper operation. Thanks for your help.

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Try to blow it out with compressed air. Then, with the speakers turned off, turn the volume knob to full volume and back as quickly as you can (without damaging the switch) three or four times. This should take about one second for three movements. Undertake this at your own risk. Turn them on and see if it has helped. Do not just keep doing this. if it doesn't help immediately stop. if it does help, repeat blowing out and repeat the knob turning, once.

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Best bet would be to just strip the wire with a wire stripper or utility knife and twist the bare ends together to fix the connection. A little electrical tape around those wires and you should be almost good as new. Of course you might notice some difference in quality but I'm pretty sure the only way round that would be replacing the cable.

Try it out and let me know how it works out for you. If you know how to solder it might be a good idea to solder the connection as well.

Posted on Jan 05, 2008

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I called Altec Lansing Technical Support:

Altec Lansing
535 Route 6 & 209
Milford, Pennsylvania 18337-0277
T. 866-570-5702
T. 570-296-4434
F. 570-296-6887

They stated that the case is not made to be opened (Great Design...NOT!) They suggested I remove the sub-woofer cable and clean the pins with alcohol. Of course, you should remove the AC plug first.

One other suggestion I would make as a last resort, for this and other problems. With the unit unplugged, pull off the Volume Control Knob, and the sfx knobs.  Spray electrical contact cleaner in the openings, and hope it reaches the dirty areas.

Make sure all the cleaner has evaporated before reconnecting the unit.

Good Luck

Posted on Feb 13, 2008

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I had the same problem. One day I heard two pops and the speaker, including the power light, were dead. Neither Dell nor Altec Lansing support them. They're throw-aways, unless you know a genius electronics technician.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008

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I did the same! Thanks for suggesting a call to Customer Support (800)258+3288. The guy didn't seem overly pleased to help, but he did promise to send me a new power supply. Also, he said that they don't make the iM7 anymore, but I had already found out that the iM9 uses the same power supply. I, too, will wait and see.

Posted on Jul 07, 2008

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