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Postby dongadoy » 08 Mar 2006, 16:10

My LP has failed. :cry:

Sparks have been flying around the office during the last couple months. I try remembering to discharge myself before touching the LP. But it had one too many zaps. The left side doesn't work at all. Diagnotistics puts an "L" for every sensor on the left. The right side works wonderful, though.

I've tried the 5-hand slap, re-flashing the firmware, and reseating the flat connector between each side. The keyboard never moved, so I really don't think there's any problem with the connector.

It must of been the static zap I heard and felt just before the failure. It's awful that I had not seen any warning about static electricity. The only notes are what to do if the LP started acting flakey because of static. I didn't know about this forum until recently.

Thankfully, I have two LPs. So no withdrawal symptoms. Just a big shock realizing how I depend on this keyboard, and how the joy ride will end soon. I now have to bring my working keyboard back and forth from work. It's particularly inconvenient; and the constant stress of moving is going to bring on its demise quicker.

Now what am I going to do with half a keyboard! Still, even half the LP is very useful. Pointing and gestures are what the Touchstream does best!
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Postby Rqyteqto » 08 Mar 2006, 20:41

You have my sympathy. I just went through the scare of potentially losing one of my boards, its not a good thing.

One small ray of hope, we do have some very talented folks working on figuring out how these blessed devices work in detail and that may lead to solutions for problems like yours.

Best of luck and hoping your remaining board is long lived.
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Postby ivanw » 09 Mar 2006, 17:24

Thanks thenn, It looks like we are out of luck.

Our only chance is to get our hands on some dusty stock from a former maintenance facility. We had who just did that in the old times.

Please ???, if you come to visit us again sometime, just tell us we can have a deal for those FWSEN16A chips you have not dumped yet!
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Postby Rqyteqto » 09 Mar 2006, 21:16

I don't know what those chips cost, but I'll put up at least $200 and perhaps more, to buy some and make them available to the community.

This might include any non-working boards that might have some good chips still on them. Which is why I believe the FWians were offering partial refunds on non-working boards instead of fixing them. If the suppliers were out, simply mine broken boards.

In the end, what ivanw says is right, we need the diagrams for these buggers, wouldn't hurt to get our hands on the repair manuals either. Actually, anything and everything to do with FW would probably be of use.
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Postby ivanw » 09 Mar 2006, 23:33

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Postby Rqyteqto » 11 Mar 2006, 19:48

Well, I already live on the other side of the world in a fabulous tropical paradise location and my wife is with me. So, I googled the part numbers and came up with some leads. Here's a listing of stock: http://www.hkinventory.com/public/Offer ... &datecode=

I've sent inquires to several of the listings, we'll see what comes of it. If I can get some, I will. Don't know what we'll do with them but at least we will have them for whatever purposes. Maybe our great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren will use them in arcane rituals involving lots of nubile young ladies and lads, intoxicating beverages and foods, rhythmic drumming and dancing, flutes and harps, fireworks and all the other good stuff.
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Postby ivanw » 11 Mar 2006, 21:44

That's a quick move. These totems may still prove useful at repairing
an injured device and make someone very very happy. Image

Even if odds are not very high for success at gathering all that will
be necessary for these repair capabilities, having these spare parts
will be a big step in the right direction.
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Postby Rqyteqto » 12 Mar 2006, 16:56

I figure if I can get them, at least they won't just be thrown out someday after years of collecting dust in a bin in some warehouse some place. I'd think the current owners would be glad to get some cash, any amount, for them instead of just leaving them lying about.

As to if we can ever use them, that will remain to be seen. At least it will be an option.
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