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It's ALIVE!!!
Message #1 Posted by David Hayden on 21 Oct 2011, 4:28 p.m.

I just had to share this story. I picked up a 48SX with a broken display as a door prize at HHC2011. Not surprisingly, when I put batteries in and tried it, nothing happened.

Today I tried again, figuring that I'd try to induce a computation error and see if it would beep. Again, no luck.

I tried adjusting the contrast. Nothing.

I tried pressing the ON button harder, and many times. Suddenly it turned on!!! The display has some marks on it, but it's perfectly readable.

Then I tried to turn it off.... it wouldn't go off. Hmmmmmm.......

Then I remembered reading here that keyboard failure is common on some models and if you press under the display, it causes two contacts to come together that fix the problem. I pressed under the display, and I was able to turn it off and on at will.

So the bottom line is that the display has a few nasty marks but is otherwise okay. The real problem is just that the ON key doesn't register. That's alright, I just want to play around with the machine anyway.


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