[s1mp3-dev] [content redesign] The ready "How to fix static" page
Wladston Viana F Filho
wladston at gmail.com
Mon Jun 12 18:17:26 CDT 2006
Great Jules, you are the man to write to the end user.
Wiki updated. http://www.s1mp3.org/wiki/index.php/Temp:How_to_fix_static
On 6/12/06, Jules Kerssemakers <j_kers at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> Sorry for taking so long, it's been a busy week for me :S
> (memory issue page looked great btw, no comments on that one)
> basic story is okay, I just fleshed it out a 'little', and removed the
> smiley at "no mercy" (although cute, it's a tad unprofessional)
> The restart issue is caused by static electricity created by poor
> casing design. To minimize/solve the restarting, you should completely
> isolate your player from the exterior and from the casing.
> Static electricity build-up is a normal event for anything, including
> mp3 players and humans. What is abnormal, is that the static
> electricity (often just "static" for short), can enter the device and
> "zap" components on the inside. What happens is that the shiny ring
> found on many players paves a free (read: electrically conducting) path
> to the inside of the player. When you, or some other static item,
> touches that ring, the static discharges into the ring, and then into
> the insides of your player. The sudden spike in voltage can be enough
> to reset the player, and potentially even damage it.
> The solution is as simple as it is easy:
> Block the path for the static.
> One option would be to carry the player in an anti-static bag, and as
> an added bonus, it will water proof it too. A downside is that this is
> a little overkill, buttons become harder to reach, and it looks a
> little strange around your neck.
> A more stylish option is to open up the player(link) and isolate the
> insides from the metalic parts of the casing.
> The most important components to isolate are:
> -The USB plug: as this is often in direct contact with both insides
> components and the casing
> -The microphone: this has a metal case, which can touch the metalic
> -The screws: They touch the casing, and the PCB, the connection (pun
> intended) should be obvious.
> -The boards themselves: you can't get more cover than this!
> -The neck-strap thingy: this can move around a little, and among
> others, it can touch the printboards and the casing.
> -Anything else that seems to even remotely touch the casing and the
> printboards together, have no mercy with that sticky tape!
> <one photo with all isolated parts pointed out with arrows>
> <one photo with completely isolated board (wrapped in tape)>
> To isolate those parts, you can use ordinary sticky tape (both paper
> and plastic variants), electrical tape, or any other insulating
> material(example: anti-static bags + scissors + superglue).
> If you tried this, but your player still restarts randomly, try to
> remove the screws, and see if it solves the problem.
> If it does you can use superglue to fix your board to the case.
> (NOTE: you won't be able to fully dissasemble your player after this!)
> If it does not work, you player might have bad solders on the circuitry
> instead of static. You might need to fix the solders(links)of your
> flash memory chips. Another option could be corrupted songs, or the
> memory issue(LINK)
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Wladston Viana Ferreira Filho
Belo Horizonte - MG, Brasil
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