Looks like I’ll have to replace the battery (won’t even begin to take a charge).

Not entirely unexpected, I imagine it slowly drained below recoverable voltage keeping the RAM alive all those years.

Hopefully one of the cells I have in stock will do the trick…

We’ll see how this goes. Now it won’t turn on, but we’ll give it another shot once the voltage gets up to operating temp…

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That didn’t do the trick. Hopefully I didn’t break it already 🤣

When I have time I’ll hook it up to my laptop and see if it still connects over usb, maybe I just knocked a display cable loose.

Woot! It came back. Guessing it just needed a little more time for the battery to get across some threshold (maybe the change circuit draws too much current for the thing to turn on even when plugged-in below a certain voltage?).

Anyway, now it works on both AC and battery. That said, the replacement I had is a tad plumper than the old one (1000mah vs 650) so I’m going to have to decide if I want to buy something smaller or perhaps mod the case a smidge…

I think I’m going to leave the bigger battery in there (it will probably run for a month on a single charge with that thing).

Now I have to decide if I want to try and make room for it in a tidy way or if I just want to go at the back of it with a drill and the nibbler and slap some tape on it when I’m done 🤔🤔🤔

There was also a small metal clip that fell-out when I disassembled it and I’m not sure what it was for or even exactly where it came from. At first I thought it was just a spring holding the old battery in place, but now I’m wondering if it had something to do with retaining the stylus…

@pwarren yes that looks like the one! Thanks for the reference.

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