I have a two JBL radial and stage micro, both with the same loose connection problem after two years. The stage micro was simpler to open and it was necessary just to re-soldering the connector. Now, it is working great. Regarding the Radial, this is another history… as explained in this forum, everything is glued. I was unable to access the circuit board following the explanation posted by other persons. In fact, the plastic cover with the JBL printed logo is glued and also has two screws. Unfortunately, you will need a good time, some hours in fact, to open the Radial. The best way is remove the back mesh screen. You will need a hair dryer to soft the glue and using a small screwdriver you will need to pull out carefully all the screen. From there, you will be able to access the screws. It will be necessary to unscrew and unglue different parts if you don’t want to scratch the Radial body.
I had the same problem. You can access the top of the circuit board by
very carefully peeling off the saddle-like part that has "JBL" printed
on it and contains the volume control. It is glued on by two adhesive
strips under the top. The adhesive strips start just behind each
volume control button and run toward the rear. Good luck repairing the
connector - metal pins guide it into place on the board, but the
connections are very fine and hard to reconnect - I'm not sure if they
just rely on pressure contact or if they have very fine solder or some
kind of conductive adhesive. I could not make the dock work
consistently, but the audio input still functions.
To further disassemble the unit, you have to remove the mesh screen on
the back side of the unit, then you can access the screws that hold the
two halves of the donut together. I was able to do that by prying on
the bottom edge with a knife. The screen is glued in place and has
some little tabs as well.
My name is Dis.
I had a problem with my JBL radial,my little brother had broken the connector of this station.i looked for some information how to open this devil machine :D to repair it. Followed the lots of solutions...have taken out all 20 screws which are lokated underneath. But I only found the subwoofer ... And I thought that this is the end(((( then I followed the tradition Russian method,tried to do smth with the help of a screwdriver. And I succeeded. Near the connector,there are two holes. Used the screwdriver like a lever and opened the plug which is around the connector. And here it is! I've got the access to the dock board.)))and the last what i need to do is to use soldering to braze connector's contacts)))) good luck)) if you have any questions,write me an e-mail,i'll try to help you)) jbl radial micro - how to open up? - 7d671d56-86d9-4ca0-b9a2-cb15739c00d4.jpg-4ca0-b9a2-cb15739c00d4.jpg" alt="7d671d56-86d9-4ca0-bjbl radial micro - how to open up? - eed99471-a745-4650-b53b-2cb319d60280.jpgmg data-src="/uploads/images/eed99471-a745-4650-b53b-2cb319d60280.jpg" alt="eed99471-a745-4650-b53b-2cb319d60280.jpg" class="h_mi" />
HiI have a Apple Hi Fi Ipod Dock...Model A1121 and after several seconds itstops there is no power.If i pull the battery's out en put them back in than i have power for a sec.How can i open the docking???
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Get a philip's head (star) screwdriver and remove all screws from the bottom of the laptop. Remove the battery and any screws revealed under the battery.
Next look for a thin straight-edge and -very gently- pry the keyboard loose; if you have trouble at this step, look underneath again for any small holes in the metal casing directly under the keyboard.
Also look for any removable rubber or plastic bumpers as these often have structural screws underneath them.
Finally, with the keyboard removed, you should see a few more screws which will at last allow the case to come apart and get to the boards underneath.
I have the same problem, but I got round it instantly by plugging my ipod into the speaker via the headphone port on the ipod and into the audio port on the speaker. The speaker came with a spare lead as you can plug any music player into it this way. The sound quality seems exactly the same and I dont have to throw away the speakers, hooray! If you have lost the lead you need a 3.5 mm male to male headphone lead, just pence in any electrical shop or amazon!
hiya, i just had the same problem, where as my ipod dock connector didnt work, so i took it to the shop where i bought it and they said it wasnt repairable,, not taking this as an answer i went over to a mates house who is a lecky and asked him to repair it,,, we then come onto the snag of not being able to open it to get to the fault to solve this we got a bit mad at it and accidently dropped it on the floor :P where the 2 mesh panels came off showing over 20 new screws yes i said 20!!!! all that was holding the mesh was a lot!!!!! of glue..... after we took the many screws out we found out the reason why the shop said it wasnt repairable.... the manufacturer has put loads and loads of glue on everything stopping anyone from removing any of the connectors... we spent a good hour trying to remove the silly amount of glue but to no avail... So if i was you i would bin it and get a new one...
pry the speaker cover slowly using small screw driver on the side,,it has four locks giong thru..its position two at the top and two at the bottom..it is line w/ the volume control and headset..be careful not to break the speaker cover.then remove the four screws inside the hole where the speaker cover is position.remove also the rubber protector beneath the speaker or under the speaker..it has a lock beneath the rubber covering it..push the lock slowly, be careful not to break it.but even if you break it,it will do nothing..now insert finger in the hole and pull the face or pry w/ small screw driver and lift...
Bit late! Just remove the four rubber feet underneath (self adhesive). Take out the four philips screws. It's a bit of a mess inside - you'll have to remove the connectors and some screws to get to the i-pod connector. You dont need to remove the button pcbs just the main board. The i-pod connector pcb is on the end of the grey ribbon cable connected to the main board (the button end of the unit).
this connector is available complete with pcb from jbl service center.But radial is very difficult to open.You need to open the mesh with a hair dryer,because it is heavely glued with hot glue on the borders.you will find screws inside.And also from the bottom & sides you have to remove this decorative strip.
it is very time consuming & headache.
i have myself replaced five of this docking sockets,it will take minimum of two to three hours to do this
I have had exactly the same problem having bought a JBL Radial Micro for my partner for Xmas for use with the Ipod Nano, i contacted JBL via their website and was advised to contact Harmen on 01707278100. I was advised that the new ipod nano (chromatic) would not charge on the JBL radial micro. They stated that this was due to Apple changing the charging pin in the new nano. I have since bought a JBL Stage III. I contacted Harmen before buying this and was advised that the Stage II would not work. Hope that this is of use.