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MODE/REC Button stopped working on iRiver IFP-790 digital audio player

The MODE/REC buton on my iRiver IFP-790 digital audio player stopped working. This is the button that is used recording from a line input, and for selecting functions and playback modes. I have had the player for a little over a year, and it has worked fine until now. I tried upgrading the firmware on the iRiver website, but this did not help. Nothing happens any more when I press the MODE/REC button. When I contacted iRiver, the repair cost they quoted me would be more than I paid for the player. Is there any less expensive way for me to get the button to work again?

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  • Joe N Feb 05, 2009

    By the time I received your suggested solution, the Power ON/OFF button was also exhibiting the same problem as the Mode/REC button. So there was no way I could test your solution on the Mode/REC button because I can't turn on the MP3 player anymore. However, since both buttons are designed the same, I tried the electronic contact cleaner on the Power ON/OFF button, and your solution did not work. So I assume it also wouldn't work on the Mode/REC button, but there's no way I can test that unless I can first get the Power ON/OFF button to work. I hope someone can come up with a solution to that.



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I had the same problem. I got some electronic contact cleaner at Frys Electronics and sprayed a bit around the button, so that a little got inside. The button started working again instantly. If yu don't have contact cleaner you could first try a drop of denatured alcohol... I don't think it's as likely to work, but I also don't think it will hurt anything.


Posted on Feb 02, 2009

  • Anonymous Feb 15, 2009

    I know more now.  The intermittent symptoms confused me.
    The problem is almost certainly that the small pushbutton switch under the keycap has disconnected from the circuit board.  I had the same problem and have just taken mine apart to see if it could be fixed.

    Short story - the design is terrible and bound to eventually fail.  It CAN be fixed but that requires detail work with a small soldering iron, and some luck.

    If you're still interested write me at:  papoulka [ AT ]  fastmail [ DOT ]  fm.



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