No, Parametric, I'm pretty lucky at the moment, no warning at all, and I hope that will last as much as possible (lifetime? ).parametric wrote:Hi rusty-m,
Do you have any tech-savvy mates who might do this for you if you open her up?
I sympathize with your reticence towards soldering if you've not done any before.
Has your 99 already stopped working? Its not a board I know, but my 85 issues a <low battery> warning in the display, before it actually stops working.
If you have time before this repair - try and acquire a pcb from an old dvd player or anything similar that has some discreet components on it - and just practice unsoldering and resoldering a component or two . . . .
That will get you more familiar with how it feels.
I would recommend installing sockets in your case - as they are not so easily damaged by too much heat during soldering. Batteries with legs (like the ones you will be removing) are not so tolerant.
Once sockets are installed - you'll simply be installing normal coin cells - which is a breeze . . . .
The important thing is to take it slow and easy. This job is extremely do-able.
Practicing a bit, as I have suggested will demystify the process and build your confidence.
I was lucky enough to do some soldering in my previous "life" but am not an expert by any means.
I managed to do this task on my SY85 successfully.
We'll be here if you have any questions
I just don't like the idea that I could trash my whole keyboard for a soldering mistake / whatsoever.
I admit being too harsh, though, and the job itself seems not too hard.
In past I also had soldering experiences, but I'm bit rusty in it too...