View Full Version : Taking it apart - Crooked Screen
02-23-2004, 03:52 PM
I have read and re-read all the threads on here about the crooked screen issue. Mine leans ever-so-slightly to the right (when opened) after a drop awhile back. It DRIVES ME NUTS!!! (These types of things do...)
Anyway, I was thinking of having a few beers tonite and taking that sucker apart to see if I could fix it for good. Anyone else here take the screen assembly apart and try to fix the hinge? Or any "took it apart" stories at all? Just curious as to what I might run into.
02-23-2004, 03:53 PM
maybe you'll be able to figure out the screen whine issue too while you're at it. good luck!
02-23-2004, 05:15 PM
I took mine apart once, it's not very bad at all if you are used to taking apart stuff with small parts. I fix laptops quite often, so i wasn't too concerned about screwing anything up...
The only advice i can give is be careful when you first take it apart and make sure nothing falls out. there is a small piece of foam in there that can come out of place and if you don't pay attention to it's orientation you may have trouble putting it all back together.
Other than that, it is just those four screws around the bezel and gently prying the screen apart. Take advantage of the "swivel" mechanism to reach the bottom screws. Also be careful when you get it apart not to damage the cables!
Good luck! I'd love to hear your results!
02-24-2004, 12:34 AM
It was pretty easy.
Keep in mind the page is for purpose, not attractiveness...
03-24-2004, 01:03 AM
So.... how much beer did you drink??? The pictures look pretty straight although a little fuzzy....
03-24-2004, 04:16 AM
You guys at Cliesource are really brave. I recall someone opening the charger and now the screen. I'm awaiting someone to open the body?
I would have never done anything like that myself. But as a tiny step forward, I have looked at the base of the UX and notice that the 4 screws there are very different from ordinary screws. They are 5 ways. Then I looked at my wife's TJ. The screws there are 3 ways.
Do you think Sony is doing this to prevent users (for their own benefits) from opening up the thing, or, to prevent any reverse engineering?
03-24-2004, 08:34 AM
They use "special" screws to keep the average user from opening up the case so that they can charge an arm for repairs that someone else might be able to perform. :D
03-24-2004, 08:57 AM
The 5-way screw is no match for a small flat head screw driver (the small kind you use for watches and stuff).
I made the mistake of taking the battery out, and found out that it doesn't really want to go back in easily.
But, being completely unafraid of taking things apart, the only thing stopping me was that 5-way screw. After finding the 3-way screwdrivers in abundance, but no one carrying the 5-way (in Hong Kong). I figured I would give the small flat head a try, and it worked. Go figure.
Sorry, no pics, I didn't have my camera with me, and it was right before a business meeting, so I didn't have time to keep it open, but, it was quite easy.
03-24-2004, 10:54 PM
Gatzita123, so you are a Hongkonger. Ni Hou Ma?
May I ask why you wanted to take the battery out? And why so eager to open up the UX?
Being an ordinary people, I personally think I can do nothing about anything inside the UX. Also, Sony products are so renowned for being very "delicate".
03-25-2004, 05:30 AM
Well, the short answer is that the first one I had, the keyboard had intermittent function, and I traded it back in at Fortress for a new one, but the new one had a new, non-charged battery. So I figured I could take the one out of the one that I had charged and swap it into the new one that I received, so I could use it at work that day. No dice, I ended up getting the battery back in later that day, but had to open it to do so.
03-25-2004, 08:31 AM
WOW! I guess I've been lucky (so far). I have NEVER had a problem with ANY Clie I have bought so far! From the NR70V to the NX70V to the UX50. So far, so good!
03-25-2004, 10:55 PM
I just visited this site: http://www.ux50.properauthority.com/downloads/ (http://)
and saw an opened up UX50. I presume it was not done by any Sony Official Engineers. That's awesome!
03-26-2004, 12:55 AM
Pretty scary isn't it? They cram all that stuff in a small package!
03-26-2004, 01:15 AM
Ive opened mine, ive also taken off the little camera wheel :) No pics sorry, and no i wont open it again for more >_<
03-26-2004, 02:57 AM
Wasobi33: why, because you were not able to sew it back up so that now you don't have one to open again. :)
03-26-2004, 12:12 PM
:P no id rather not break a $600 PDA thank you.
03-27-2004, 10:03 AM
07-28-2004, 09:09 AM
I think it's high time this VERY important, informative thread was revived! :D Because SOO MANY of us UX users have this crooked screen problem.
I had a problem with my battery a little while ago, Clie wouldn't even turn on... After realizing it was either send the Clie in to Sony or take out the battery I decided to be brave... It was actually quite easy, the hardest part was the little screws... If you would like to replace your battery or if you need to unplug it here's a site with good instructions and pictures.
http://www.cliebattery.com/up5530install.htm Don't remember who gave me the link but it was a member here...
Good luck to any that would like to try... Remember though that if you have a problem later and you didn't do a nice job, Sony can and probably will void your warranty...
07-28-2004, 12:00 PM
It was probably me who gave you that link. I've had it for over a year. lol :D
LOL, I think it was you Win. As always thanks for all your help! Not to inflate his ego, but if you have a problem with your clie try to ask Win... Very very helpful...
07-31-2004, 09:10 AM
argh!!!no!!:( my UX just had an accident !!it fell and now its screen is crooked more to the left!!!im going in. wish me luck!!
07-31-2004, 11:25 AM
phew that was close :eek: . panicked there a bit. my UX took a stumble a while ago and the screen tilted more to the left. i knew i couldnt live with that so i just went for it. i took it apart (just the screen side) and did the slow process of bending the metal bar to its ideal position. now all is fixed :D it was fairly easy but had to be careful not to loose the screws!! everything's back to normal:D
i could've taken the time to look around see whats causing the "whining sound" but id rather not. maybe next time:D
07-31-2004, 10:28 PM
After I sent my UX to sony to fix the whine, it came back and they fixed my crooked screen problem. I just barely noticed.
02-24-2006, 06:44 PM
Unfortunately your link http://www.anasazi.cx:88/clie/clie.html does not work anymore.
If I understand correctly the "crooked screen" is that when opened the visible space between flip cover and keyboard part of the Clie is not even, in other words the screen part leans to one side.
That's excactly with mine too, and I'm wondering if I can repair it myself. It's actually just a cosmetical thing but you know...
07-05-2006, 03:29 AM
the links here dont work anymore... i need to do this since i dropped my UX on the stairs and its so tilted to the right... :( help?
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