How NOT to break the shoulder button and LCD in the ODROID-GO-A

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How NOT to break the shoulder button and LCD in the ODROID-GO-A

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If you twist the case shell when you disassemble your OGA, the tack-switch could be removed from the PCB.
Many people already broke the button while opening the case. :(

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We've tried to send a PCB unit as much as possible but we have no more spare PCB for the replacement at this moment.
So you need to solder the button by your self or try a mobile phone repair shop.
Or, wait until we make a next batch in May. Sorry about that.

Please look into this guide and video when you need to open the case.
https://wiki.odroid.com/odroid_go_advan ... assembling
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Re: How to break the shoulder button on the ODROID-GO-A PCB.

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A much better way to assemble the LCD module.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShFrKvPcjsE
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Re: How to break the shoulder button on the ODROID-GO-A PCB.

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Thanks for these videos! (and the background music :lol:)

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Re: How to break the shoulder button and LCD in the ODROID-GO-A

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I've seen some people saying that they've broken the clips on the case to make disassembly easier, since in the end it's still held on by 3 screws.

I will assemble my OGA this weekend, is this something you would recommend?
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Re: How to break the shoulder button and LCD in the ODROID-GO-A

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andrewe1 wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:50 am
I've seen some people saying that they've broken the clips on the case to make disassembly easier, since in the end it's still held on by 3 screws.

I will assemble my OGA this weekend, is this something you would recommend?
Well, four screws unless you've broken one.

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Re: How to break the shoulder button and LCD in the ODROID-GO-A

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andrewe1 wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:50 am
I've seen some people saying that they've broken the clips on the case to make disassembly easier, since in the end it's still held on by 3 screws.

I will assemble my OGA this weekend, is this something you would recommend?
Considering I plan on testing out some hardware mods on mine, I decided it was in my best interest to cut the clips off. This does make disassembly easier, but it potentially makes the case less rigid. If this is a concern for you, then i'd leave the clips on and follow the updated installation video to the "T". I think for most users, they probably want to keep the clips on, as they are building the unit to actually play it, not mod it.

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Re: How to break the shoulder button and LCD in the ODROID-GO-A

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deerwings wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:08 am
andrewe1 wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:50 am
I've seen some people saying that they've broken the clips on the case to make disassembly easier, since in the end it's still held on by 3 screws.

I will assemble my OGA this weekend, is this something you would recommend?
Well, four screws unless you've broken one.
whoops, yeah I meant 4 lol.
Atomizer_Zero wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:19 am
andrewe1 wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:50 am
I've seen some people saying that they've broken the clips on the case to make disassembly easier, since in the end it's still held on by 3 screws.

I will assemble my OGA this weekend, is this something you would recommend?
Considering I plan on testing out some hardware mods on mine, I decided it was in my best interest to cut the clips off. This does make disassembly easier, but it potentially makes the case less rigid. If this is a concern for you, then i'd leave the clips on and follow the updated installation video to the "T". I think for most users, they probably want to keep the clips on, as they are building the unit to actually play it, not mod it.
Gotcha, I'll consider leaving them on then... Not sure why the case wasn't designed with a couple of more screws. It would make modding way easier and we wouldn't have to worry about breaking stuff when taking it apart.

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Re: How to break the shoulder button and LCD in the ODROID-GO-A

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andrewe1 wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:57 pm
Gotcha, I'll consider leaving them on then... Not sure why the case wasn't designed with a couple of more screws. It would make modding way easier and we wouldn't have to worry about breaking stuff when taking it apart.
I was thinking the same thing. The case is rigid enough with the clips alone that you don't -need- the clips, because of how tight they are, which is pretty good if you don't intend to take it apart a lot. But it is the kind of case that you probably want to pre-plan your access to the pads you might need for hardware mods ahead of time, or otherwise modify a case specifically for the purposes of taking it apart while testing those mods, so you can then apply them to a case that won't be taken apart.

I have two spare cases that I'm holding onto for the meantime because I intend to paint them and reinstall my current hardware into one (And giving the other to a friend). But I've already had to take mine apart a couple of times for various things so I've gotten pretty good at it with a thin, flat blade to pop the clips free. As long as you're careful when you work your way around the case it's not so bad, but its the top clips that are the hardest, I think.

I've already broken two screws, thankfully they're in opposite corners. :)

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Re: How to break the shoulder button and LCD in the ODROID-GO-A

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So beyond breaking the shoulder buttons, it's entirely possible to break the power switch too :shock:. Oh and also worth noting not to forget to remove the microsd card when disassembling the case (luckily I caught that early enough in the process and didn't break it too). Good thing my younger brother fixes all kinds of portable consoles and is great at micro soldering, he will be fixing this for me later this weekend :). Oh and the reason I was even taking it apart to begin with after it was working perfectly is I had noticed that the screen had a few areas that were lighter from the lcd being flexed because I had the screws too tight on the pcb (like this viewtopic.php?f=196&t=37707&p=281467#p281448), I was taking it apart to loosen those screws. Oh well, live and learn! :)

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Re: How to break the shoulder button and LCD in the ODROID-GO-A

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Hm, aren't the two holes on the pcb supposed to be filled with solder too, to strengthen the connection of the switches?
Or maybe some hot glue or superglue can be used to make it more robust. Every picture I saw had these empty.

I will receive my OGA today and wanna make sure I don't break anything.

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I don't have it in front of me but I believe the 2 holes you're referring to are actually used to line up the pcb correctly with the lower part of the case (there are plastic pins from the lower case that go into those holes).

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Re: How to break the shoulder button and LCD in the ODROID-GO-A

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I'm wondering how many people break the switches because there is no haptic feedback and no click.
One shoulder button on my unit is maybe damaged. The button works but it feels like the cover does not move.
So maybe I'm not the only one and maybe some people use force to push the button until it breaks.

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Re: How to break the shoulder button and LCD in the ODROID-GO-A

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gritshelor wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:06 pm
I'm wondering how many people break the switches because there is no haptic feedback and no click.
One shoulder button on my unit is maybe damaged. The button works but it feels like the cover does not move.
So maybe I'm not the only one and maybe some people use force to push the button until it breaks.
For me there is a clear feedback and click on the shoulder buttons.
I assembled mine two days ago without a problem. I was extra careful though
for the screens and shoulder buttons.

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So my shoulder buttons work and appear to be soldered on well. Everything has been good but i went to play a game that finally utilized the trigger buttons and my left one doesnt click like my right one. Naturally i freaked out and took my case apart thinking i messed something up like it appears many have broken theres off but mine is soldered strong it just doesnt really click like it should its just kinda mushy. Now its driving me insane because i barely have to touch it for it to give feedback is there a way to check the spring inside that tiny little box without breaking the solder connection. I dont want to make it worst but theres definitely something wrong inside the little box. Im not a engineer but could solder a replacement if i knew what needed to be done. @odroid

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Re: How to break the shoulder button and LCD in the ODROID-GO-A

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If you are willing to replace the switch with new one, the following information might be helpful.
The tact switch information. It is available in Digikey, Element14 and Mouser.
Vendor: E-Switch
Part-number: TL3340AF160QG
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Thanks for the information! It's working but if it breaks I will order a new switch.

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Can someone edit the title of this thread ?
I mean "How _NOT_ to break the...".
Everytimes I read that thread name in the threads list, it's frightening me...
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Thank you :D

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I broke L2 on my OGA BE when closing the case, because some force is needed and my finger was holding the damn button, I could manage to fix it though.
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My right shoulder button on my brand new OGA be was malfunctioning when i received it. Didn't want go through with the warranty process since that will take ages.. Although it worked, the click felt really scratchy and it got stuck every now and then. Had a hard time finding a seller that would only sell a couple of the switches. Mouser, Farnell etc have really high shipping costs.. Ended up finding one seller on Amazon.de that would sell 5 of them for €4 incl shipping.

Desoldering the faulty switch using a hot air gun was no problem but removing the solder from the two holes on the pcb where the two little hooks from the switch go inside was impossible. I tried lots of flux and solder wick but that didn't work. After that my Hakko desoldering gun but nothing the damn solder would stick in the two holes. Ended up heating that part of the board with my hot air gun so that the solder would turn to liquid and using my tweezers to hook the switch to the pcb. After that it was lined up perfectly and i could solder the 3 small connections on the bottom. I can't recommend this repair for beginners.

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Re: How NOT to break the shoulder button and LCD in the ODROID-GO-A

Post by aluzjunior »

I soldered the shoulder buttons back, but now they did not work, well, as they need to do.
Without the case they work fine, but when I mount and close the case they just stop.
I can see and hear the click sound when I push them, but there's no response.
Switch off, open the case, switch on and BAM, they're working!

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