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Opening/repairing a Casio pocket translator (XD-V9000)

Discussion in 'General Electronics' started by David Kim, Feb 5, 2004.

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  1. David Kim

    David Kim Guest


    I have been attempting to repair a Casio pocket translator that was recently
    dropped and stopped working, but have run into a problem: I can't seem to
    open the case! I have a modest knowledge of repairs for these kinds of
    devices and am confident that I could fix it (if only I could get it open).
    This may strike you as a ridiculously stupid problem, but I've never had a
    problem getting inside such a device before; I expected the bottom plate to
    simply drop or slide off after removing all of the screws, but it won't even
    budge. The translator is under warranty, but only in Japan, and Casio
    wouldn't tell me anything over the phone, other than "send it it." I'd much
    rather fix it myself if possible, due to the very long turnover time for
    sending it in for warranty repair in Japan.

    Below are links to a few pictures of the device. If anyone could suggest a
    means to remove the bottom plate (I've already tried asking it politely), I
    would be very grateful. Finally, I apologize if this is not the
    inappropriate forum for this type of question.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. David Kim

    David Kim Guest

    Further apologies for the double negative! Please ignore your choice of the
    "not" or "in-", thanks!

  3. Garrett Mace

    Garrett Mace Guest

    Many injected-plastic housings have little catches along the seam, allowing
    the case to remain pretty well together even after removing the screws. The
    best way to open these is to try to find those snap locations and pry up
    with a very small flat screwdriver, working around the edge until the case
    pops off.

    Often these are glued...depending on the glue, it might not be possible to
    open without significant damage. After all, they'd prefer you buy a new one
    instead of fixing your old one. Unless it's something obvious like a
    broken-off crystal or power lead, the odds are you'll have to buy a new one
    anyway. Tiny PCB fractures aren't very easily traceable or repairable.
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