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How i repaired my (Xtreamer) remote control


I love my xtreamer, which is the best media player on the market. The player itself is very roboust and made out of class A material. Except the remote. As the remote is very small and round at the bottom, it tends to fall down on the floor very often. My remote fell down nearly once a day. So the case may be resistant, but the circuit board isn’t.

After falling down the maybe 500th time, the remote was not working at all. The red LED was very, very weak illuminated when i pressed any button. With a digicam i checked if there was any infrared light sent out (Just hold the white diode (or the red, transparent area) of you remote in the cam, press any button and the sensor of the cam will make the invisible infrared light visible in the cams preview window). Nope, it really was broken.

So i had to open the remote, i used a iphone opener (aka. guitar plectrum). When checking the circuit board, i saw the capacitor soldered horizontally on the board with those tiny legs through the board. Installed like this the soldering points have a strong leverage to handle, every time the remote falls down. At the end it teared out the complete soldering point of the vcc+.

This how-to may also work on other remote controls, you just have to find the next soldering possibility (next “+” or next “-“) by yourself!

Disclaimer: I do not take any responsibility for any damages you produce. This guide is just a suggestion how you could fix your remote!

This is how you identify the weak soldering:

You can see that on leg has been pushed through the board or is not completely soldered on the circuit. You may need to softly move the capacitor a little bit to identify if the soldering on  the other bottom of the circuit board is moving too.

 

Lets have a look at the board from the bottom:

The plus terminal of the capacitor was pushed through the board and the soldering point was lifted in the air with no connectivity to the circuit board. Fortunately there are two unused soldering points for each pole (Marked with +  and – in the picture). So you just need two small pieces of wire (or only one wire if only one soldering is broken) and a soldering gun.

Just heat the solder on the (broken)plus leg of the capacitor and put the wire in pointing to the unused soldering point. Make sure that you don’t produce a short. Keep the distance between “+” and “-“, do not solder the terminals together!

When you are finished, it has to look like this:

As you can see, the free soldering point is now completely soldered together with the leg of the capacitor (and no short ;)).

Continue with the minus leg when its broken, too. That’s it. Enjoy your repaired remote control.

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  1. 2011/11/04 at 9:30 am

    Thanks for idea! In my case had to be soldered transistor.

  2. 2012/01/08 at 4:56 pm

    thank you very much, you saved me from a lot of trouble, this was exactly my problem too.

  3. ronen shani
    2012/02/03 at 2:11 pm

    Great solution!!

    Thanks for saving me extra 25$, buying a new remote. that was exactly the problem.

  4. Mark
    2012/03/16 at 9:15 pm

    Thank you.

  5. Patrick
    2012/05/07 at 11:33 am

    Exactly the same problem for me.
    I really had to wiggle the capacitor to see the soldering got loose from the pcb.
    i hope my soldering skills and tools are still good enough to get it fixed.Have not used them in 15 years.

    Thanks for your elaborated post!

    • 2012/05/08 at 3:29 pm

      Easily start with filling up the contact in the corner on the board with plenty of solder. Wait a little, then bend the capacitor leg towards the solderspot and heat it up again. Then pull the liquid solder towards the leg. That should do the trick!

  6. Niko
    2012/09/21 at 11:50 pm

    Does anybody know which code you need to configure a multi-remote for Xtreamer?

  7. Jan
    2012/09/30 at 1:13 am

    This page encourage me to repair mine. There was exactly the same issue. Thank you, Jan

  8. raygi
    2012/10/19 at 11:46 am

    Could you explain how you opened the RC itself? I want to open mine too as it’s broken, but I see no opening whatsoever…

    • 2012/10/19 at 12:30 pm

      use a thin but wide screwdriver (or butter knife) and insert the tip in the side of the remote and softly turn the screwdriver/butter knife to lift the case. you have to repeat that all around the remote. You will most likely mess up the plastik borders a little bit, but you need to open it anyway. Good luck!

      • raygi
        2012/11/06 at 2:04 pm

        Many thanks for your quick response 0x13!! I was able to open my RC. I touched a few things here and there and all of the sudden, the remote was working again.

  9. xerax
    2012/10/28 at 10:20 am

    My remote needed cleaning. This post saved me time while i was wondering how to open the remote. Thanks

  10. 2013/07/08 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you! I almost replaced my complete xtreamer until by coincident I saw this page. Indeed the + pin of the capacitor was loose. Easy fix!

  11. cyclop_22
    2013/07/08 at 9:25 pm

    This page has been extremely helpful.
    My XtreamerPro remote had a similar problem. The soldering on the middle connector of the blue three legged device opposite the capacitor broke, leaving a gap, cutting off its conductive trace. I had to carefully scrape off some of trace cover in order to bridge the gap.

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