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    picture of the splice

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    nothing special - about 8" from base, but that won't matter unless a wire is broken.. Like I said, check insure polarity, cut, solder, shrink over each wire, then bigger shrink over both.

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    Thanks Jim, I appreciate the additional information.

    My scenario is identical to what the OP described in the first post.
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    I cannot thank you guys enough - my controller was doing the exact same thing with the flashing lights, not charging etc.bought an extra battery, but no soap..Just ordered the recommended power adapter (Thanks for the ebay link), and I am glad this is such an easy fix ... and thx for the pix

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    Just to follow up -- the duet is back from the dead - long live squeezebox

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    This forum is so great...!

    For years I've had my dead Duet controller just laying waiting to be thrown away, and then I stumbled on this thread. So I took a chance, cut the old PSU away, spliced a USB cable on, and connected a USB charger, and now it seems to work again! It shows what is playing, and it charges! I am so happy

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    Quote Originally Posted by OppfinnarJocke View Post
    For years I've had my dead Duet controller just laying waiting to be thrown away, and then I stumbled on this thread. So I took a chance, cut the old PSU away, spliced a USB cable on, and connected a USB charger, and now it seems to work again! It shows what is playing, and it charges! I am so happy

    Thanks guys
    Same here! The dead controller was in the box to bring to the recycling point (some day... ), but then I came across this thread.
    Output from the powersupply was 5V, but this collapsed to 4V as soon as the controller was connected. Luckily the box of bits had the exact same power supply from an obsolete Linksys VoIP adapter.
    The cradle can be taken apart: I ripped off the rubber, but you could cut two holes ath the right place, giving access to two torx-screws.. The little PCB is held on with the small black screw.

    Now I hope I can revive the receiver, which restarts every few minutes. Maybe that also needs a new power supply.
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    Thank you all

    Yes, as stated above, this is such a great forum. Thanks to dpotts (above) for the lead to a replacement power supply. I am thinking that the nomenclature, PSM11R-050, is the key to getting the correct power supply.

    In my case, the ‘replacement’ power supply had a barrel connector. After snipping it off, I checked that the center (interior) connector was the Red (+) wire. The controller’s cradle wires are White and a ‘shield’ wire, like on a coaxial cable. I spliced the cradle White to the new Red and the cradle ‘shield’ wire to the new Black. It works!

    Thanks for the info and the pictures.
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    another dead PSU

    Today is squeeebox fix day, started with wlanpoke on a radio which seems to be working, on to the controller.

    I have two Duets, like many, I bought a spare from ebay.

    I have the same problem as everyone. Tried the backup controller(which has the original Logitech battery) in to the primary cradle, same problem. Tried the backup cradle and seems to be charging, booted fine!

    So I have to fix the backup cradle. As a life long software guy, I have a "I don't understand question" aka dumb question.

    The Controller cradle power supply can be plugged in either way up in a US 110v power socket, effectively reversing the polarity. Q. Why does the polarity in the wires matter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cathcam View Post
    Today is squeeebox fix day, started with wlanpoke on a radio which seems to be working, on to the controller.

    I have two Duets, like many, I bought a spare from ebay.

    I have the same problem as everyone. Tried the backup controller(which has the original Logitech battery) in to the primary cradle, same problem. Tried the backup cradle and seems to be charging, booted fine!

    So I have to fix the backup cradle. As a life long software guy, I have a "I don't understand question" aka dumb question.

    The Controller cradle power supply can be plugged in either way up in a US 110v power socket, effectively reversing the polarity. Q. Why does the polarity in the wires matter?
    Hi, because at the wall p!ug the power is AC, single phase, voltages swings from negative to positive. The power supply (the block) rectified the voltage to all positive, then filters the voltage "humps" to create a dc voltage with as little of ripple (smoothed humps) as possible. The resultant dc has a polarity, where the incoming ac does not.

    Your sb is looking for a +Vcc and a Vdd (ground). This is why the polarity matters

    Ho ho ho...

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    I too wanted to thank everyone for this thread, I appear to have rescued my charging cradle as well. Rather than a splice I actually desoldered the original charger and replaced all the way through to the small circuit board. I'll glue the strain relief block onto the new cord once I'm sure I've got everything working.

    One question, does anyone care to speculate whether the max amperage rating matters? I only had a 5v 1a wall wart at hand (vs 5v 2a original). For a normal USB charging situation I wouldn't worry about this, all the lower amperage would mean is a slower charge, but not sure that applies here. In practice the duet controller is charging now, but I can always order a PSM11R-050 if it actually matters.

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