__/ [Toby Newman] on Saturday 17 December 2005 18:05 \__
> On 2005-12-17, Paul G <pgloe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> The power button on my one year old T5 has decided to stop working.
>> Other than carrying it out on a very cold day this week, it's life has
>> been uneventful.
>> Any ideas? Resets do nothing.
>> Sad, but the worst Palm I've owned as far as little annoying bugs.
> My old T|E power button failed after about 3/4 yr usage.
> I could still turn it on using the other buttons, so to begin with, I
> did that.
> After some frustration, I opened it up to see inside. The power button
> is very badly designed. Considering it gets pressed in ~30 times a day,
> it's attached to a microswitch which is held to the PCB using only
> One time I must have pressed it too hard and the solder joint ripped,
> taking some PCB up with it.
> I looked at the joint under a magnifying glass but it was so tiny I
> couldn't see what it was supposed to be like. Luckily, I work at a
> technical company so I asked a friend at work to look at it and he
> re-wired the power switch and covered the whole corner of the
> motherboard in strong glue.
> It worked fine (fine = better than when I first bought it!) ever since.
> Now I'm onto a T|X, and the power button already feels a bit squishy.
Both my Tugsten T and the M130 lost touch with of the power button quite
quickly. Other people have reported a similar problem. Maybe if we got rid
of all the other physical buttons, Palm would have a compelling enough
reason to re-work their electronic design. They seems to have not learned
the lesson yet if the T-5 exhibits the same issue.
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