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Old 09-23-2011, 03:02 PM   #46
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Have you taken pictures step by step on how to open the machine?
what about using a pin to reset it, if you got stuck.
I did not take any pictures, but all I did was to us a small flat screw driver to lift up the rubber bumpers and unscrewed the screws underneath. Separated the plasctic cover from the lower cover, then unscrewed the screws in the motherboard (I did this on the e-reader side since that is where the camera is). I'm assuming that I can use the reset button to turn the machine on, but have not tried yet. If that does not work then I will need to open her up again to turn it on and somehow "fix" the broken off piece. I could try to super-glue another piece on or more likely glue something stronger in place. Hopefully I will not have to go there LOL.

Now I've got to figure out how to create a short-cut to the underlying commands to set a shortcut to reboot and shutdown the machine.
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Old 09-23-2011, 06:19 PM   #47
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the pin will reboot you machine I think. not start it. what about another connector from radio shack or something?
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the pin will reboot you machine I think. not start it. what about another connector from radio shack or something?
I'll have to look for something, because now I've totally messed it up I broke the plastic piece completely. It will randomly shutdown now due to the loose part toggling the off button somehow. Never fails, should have left well enough alone LOL. Anyhow, I'm setting up the other PE I purchased and will be much more careful with that one
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:50 AM   #49
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LOL I finally opened up the PE and sure enough the camera was disconnected from the motherboard. I pushed it back into its slot, but the camera is still shot . I also mistakenly broke the power nib off (Its the small piece of plastic that the power switch grabs onto to turn the PE on and off. Why'd they make it out of plastic instead of metal is beyond me) Now I cannot turn off the PE. Only put it in hibernate. Oh well, I'm glad that I got another PE off the last Woot for only $80.
Really common with these types of components - my Nintendo DS wouldn't turn off and would turn itself on because the little plastic switch got stuck and broken half off. Same type of slide component. They suck
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:51 AM   #50
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Now I've got to figure out how to create a short-cut to the underlying commands to set a shortcut to reboot and shutdown the machine.
There's an app called Reboot++ on the market that just makes a desktop shortcut to reboot the device.
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:20 PM   #51
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what about changing with a push in button?
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:07 AM   #52
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what about changing with a push in button?
The button internally is a slide button (plastic toggle of sorts). I not only broke the plastic nib that would normally be held by the power switch, but also the rest of the plastic in my efforts to jerry rig a nib. I hope I can salvage it because the PE randomly reboots now because the switch mechanism is somehow being tripped.
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Old 09-27-2011, 06:04 PM   #53
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The button internally is a slide button (plastic toggle of sorts). I not only broke the plastic nib that would normally be held by the power switch, but also the rest of the plastic in my efforts to jerry rig a nib. I hope I can salvage it because the PE randomly reboots now because the switch mechanism is somehow being tripped.
What about replacing the switch itself?
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What about replacing the switch itself?
Well it's attached to the board. I'm not an electronics guy so I do not know how to solder it if I were to take it off. Should have taken some computer engineering classes along with my computer science classes way back when

I think I'm going to try something to see if I get it to work. Can't do too much more damage could I? LOL
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Well it's attached to the board. I'm not an electronics guy so I do not know how to solder it if I were to take it off. Should have taken some computer engineering classes along with my computer science classes way back when

I think I'm going to try something to see if I get it to work. Can't do too much more damage could I? LOL
If you're not happy with doing it yourself just look for a computer repair shop that repairs notebooks, take it there and ask if they would do it for you.

Others on this forum have replaced broken power sockets themselves without problems. Usually the hardest part is the unsoldering that needs special tools. If you can get hold of some broken electronics boards practice on them first so that you know what and how to do it. As for getting a replacement switch, I assume there are the equivalents to Radio Spares (European) in the US - search for the thread on the replacement of the power socket.

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Old 09-28-2011, 01:56 PM   #56
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Any luck with the serial connections and getting a CWM recovery working?
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:00 PM   #57
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Can anyone explain how the recovery works? I assume that there is something built into rom or a cmos type setup then will initiate this.../system/etc/install-recovery.sh that was mentioned earlier wouldn't really be the recovery software....But if this is indeed the location or the location is accessible couldn't we just re-script the sh to point to clockwork after a manual install? Sorry again..Im new to this as Im a windows IT guy and its time I learn new stuff..and this is where Im beginning...
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:35 PM   #58
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ok been looking up stuff on android basics...So its my understanding there is a recovery partition in which the recovery is kept...A partition which file managers on the android cant see...So ADB the only way to view the contents on the recovery partition?
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:46 AM   #59
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To anyone who's already done this: Did you use a USB->serial adapter? Will an actual standard PC serial port work or is there voltage conversion that needs to be done? I might not have a chance to work on this much until the weekend, but I want to be ready to dive into it at that point.

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Open PE, check the motherboard right upper corner there you can find debugging serial port connector. On development models there is a hole in the case for connecting the serial console cable directly.
I have somwhere the pinout for the connector, there is a max232 so no need for voltage converting, plain RS232 works

I have borked my PE several times and if the bootloader is solid (usually you don't touch the bootloader) you can always rescue the PE via adb, all the tools are there and some extra tools that don't exist in fully installed PE.
There is full Linux tools, no crippled busybox stuff
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:25 PM   #60
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as i have a borked unit i am more than interested on how to use the serial to recover.
anybody able to do a step by step how to on the serial recovery.
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