Archive for May, 2009

MP3 Player Restoration

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Having stumbled through to my mid-twenties on a archaeic mix of personal music technologies such as “tapes”, “minidiscs” and “listening to music through speakers in the privacy of my own home”, about 5 years ago I got my first MP3 player. The player in question is a Cowon Iaudio X5 (which is very good by the way, especially with rockbox) but over time the battery has been dying and a year or so ago I managed to drop the mean time between intermittent failures on the disk to about 2 days by unceremoniously propelling it across the office in a cable-tripping-over incident. Instead of buying an iPod I decided to have a go at fixing it:

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New battery (ebay) : £10.
32Gb CF card ( MyMemory) : £45 (it was on sale currently seems to be about £60).
CF- 1.8″ Toshiba adaptor ( LinITX) : £10 .

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Opened case, removed drive, de-soldered old battery, re-soldered new battery (make mental note, buy a new nib for soldering iron and some flux, curse EU for banning lead solder), reassemble.

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Charge, test, play, woop.