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Dead 17BII Options
Message #1 Posted by Greg on 2 Oct 2002, 8:33 p.m.

I have a 10 year old HP 17BII calculator that's stopped working. It doesn't turn on any more, that is, nothing shows up in the display when I press the on button. I tried replacing the batteries but still get no response.

Is there any way to fix this? Is there a repair shop capable of fixing it, or can it be sent back to HP? What would be the cost?

If it can't be fixed, is there any value left to this unit? What's a reasonable price that it would sell for?

Re: Dead 17BII Options
Message #2 Posted by Vieira, Luiz C. (Brazil) on 2 Oct 2002, 11:04 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Greg


A simple and efficient, procedure is: while the batteries are kept in their compartment, use a piece of conductive wire (a conveniently folded paper clip is fine) and BRIEFLY shorten the batteries contacts. Many HP calculators got back to life after this.

Even strange and apparently dangerous, a BRIEF (less than 1 second) short in the + and - poles with the batteries in will drop the final voltage for a time that's enough to reset all of the calculator's hardware.

Hope you get success.

Best regards.

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