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Stuck Buttons after pen exploding.

Okay, so I did something really stupid. I biked home in the rain with my gigabeat in the back pocket of my backpack, soaking the poor thing. To top it all off, a pen exploded all over it at the same time. I dried and cleaned it off best I could, but it has been damaged. Specifically, two buttons aren't very responsive. The down arrow and the power button require a great deal of force to recognize a command, especially the down arrow. The player is still functional, but it is very annoying to have to scroll up to go to anything in the menus. Also, I'm a little worried that the problem might get worse and eventually no amount of pressure will turn it on. Otherwise, it works fine. Sounds good. Charges. Syncs. Etc. My questions are these. (I'm going under the assumption that the standard one year warrenty doesn't cover letting your gigabeat get rained on.) First of all, does anyone know if its a really bad idea to open the gigabeat? Is it easy to break? I'm just wondering if some ink dried up on some contact somewhere, and it could be simply cleaned to working order again (I don't know how the buttons work internally, so this whole scheme might be faulty). Secondly, is it even possible (or worth the money) to get it repaired professionally? I can't seem to find any references for that. Thanks. Help or advice is very much appreciated.

Posted by Caleb Parnell-Lampen on


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This is a bit of late reply, who knows, someone else might come around looking for a solution one day.

It is most likely that ink dried up on a contact on the button concerned. I have never opened a Gigabeat myself, but a friend tells me he regularly opens his to clean the dust that goes on the screen.

I dont think it'd be easy to break, you just need to have the correct tools and be patient with it.

Lastly, I don't think it'd be worth the money to get it repaired, if it costs anything more than $40/ £20 and you're not willing to pay near or more than that. Attempt fixing it yourself.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007


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