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Yesterday I performed surgery on a very important piece of personal tech.

I replaced the battery on my Palm Tungsten E2.

The patient survived, and I didn't even crack the case!

Go me!

Date: 2007-10-08 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] magiclad2007.livejournal.com
WOO! You're not braindead!

Date: 2007-10-08 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prettymuchpeggy.livejournal.com
silly silly silly

Date: 2007-10-08 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] que-sara-sara.livejournal.com
Now if you were here I'd have you do that to mine and see if it would fix the "I don't want to hold a charge" issue I've been having.

Date: 2007-10-09 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tarkrai.livejournal.com
Yep, sounds like your battery is dead.

A new one on eBay costs about $20, I think (paid about 15EU for mine). It came with the proper size torx screwdriver. The only other things you need are a small (pocket sized) flat screwdriver, and possibly some krazy glue.

Google 'Tungsten E2 battery change', and there are simple to follow instructions. The most difficult part is prying the back off of the PDA after you undo the screws- it's snapped in (so it's an interesting division of being gentle with force).

The battery plug pulls straight up (the instructions don't tell you this, I only figured it out after looking closely at the new battery).

The old battery is glued to the back case, so when you seperate them there is a wire going from the battery to the logic board that is attached to the front case.

Use the flat screwdriver to pry off the old battery. If it's like mine, there may be enough good glue left on the case to stickum your new battery to it. If not, it's krazy glue time...

Total time, about 30 minutes (most of it fussing with prying off the back case trying not to break anything). Next time I do it, total time will be about 10 minutes...

Date: 2007-10-09 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] otherdeb.livejournal.com
Yeah, the first time [livejournal.com profile] fringefan and I had to open and reset the batteries on our Tungsten IIEs, we were moer than a little nervous. Now we can just about do it in our sleep.

[livejournal.com profile] que_sara_sara, there are instructions online for doing so, although I don;t remember the URL offhand. And it does take care of the not holding a charge issue. Often the battery just needs to be disconnected then reconnected. Pretty much the only tools you will need are a fairly fine Torx screwdriver, and something to separate the case without scratching it up.

And, believe me, if I can do it, pretty much anyone can.

Date: 2007-10-09 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mofilker.livejournal.com
Oh, Steve. A bit of hubris for which the gods will undoubtedly visit a nemesis upon you.

Ate, the next time you open your umbrella, the plastic collar lock will shatter, leaving a perfectly good umbrella suddenly incredibly annoying to use...

Well, we could all use a bit of daring-do in our lives. Good job.

Hey--do you also restring Venetian blinds?

Date: 2007-10-09 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tarkrai.livejournal.com
Hey--do you also restring Venetian blinds?

I don't do Windows.

you don't do Windows...

Date: 2007-10-11 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mofilker.livejournal.com
sly as a linux, aren't we?

btw, Steve--I've gone and done it. I am now (and have been since April, I guess) the proud purveyor of things CD.

Time flies when you don't know what you're doing...

Date: 2007-10-09 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uplinktruck.livejournal.com
Can you post step by step instructions?

Date: 2007-10-10 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tarkrai.livejournal.com
A new one on eBay costs about $20, I think (paid about 15EU for mine). It came with the proper size torx screwdriver. The only other things you need are a small (pocket sized) flat screwdriver, and possibly some krazy glue.

Google 'Tungsten E2 battery change', and there are simple to follow instructions. The most difficult part is prying the back off of the PDA after you undo the screws- it's snapped in (so it's an interesting division of being gentle with force).

The battery plug pulls straight up (the instructions don't tell you this, I only figured it out after looking closely at the new battery).

The old battery is glued to the back case, so when you seperate them there is a wire going from the battery to the logic board that is attached to the front case.

Use the flat screwdriver to pry off the old battery. If it's like mine, there may be enough good glue left on the case to stickum your new battery to it. If not, it's krazy glue time...

Total time, about 30 minutes (most of it fussing with prying off the back case trying not to break anything). Next time I do it, total time will be about 10 minutes...

Date: 2007-10-10 12:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uplinktruck.livejournal.com
Sweet!

Thanks
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