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    Original SLIMP3 repair

    My original SLIMP3 died and I think it's the LAN controller because there's a small brown mark on it and the SLIMP3 is failing to connect to the LAN - no lights on the LAN switch. Has anyone tried replacing the CS8900A-CQ chip? Are the board schematics available? Any suggestions are welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmund C View Post
    My original SLIMP3 died and I think it's the LAN controller because there's a small brown mark on it and the SLIMP3 is failing to connect to the LAN - no lights on the LAN switch. Has anyone tried replacing the CS8900A-CQ chip? Are the board schematics available? Any suggestions are welcome.
    Should be fairly easy to replace if you can find it on alibaba
    Last edited by philippe_44; 2019-01-10 at 20:00.
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    Quote Originally Posted by philippe_44 View Post
    Should be fairly easy to replace if you can find it on alibaba
    Seems to be still active: https://www.mouser.com/_/?Keyword=CS8900A&FS=True
    Last edited by philippe_44; 2019-01-12 at 17:11.
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    Keep an eye out for ebay. Last summer I saw a working SLIMP3 go for $12.00.

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    The part is available on Digikey in the US in a Lead-Free version, the original part was not lead-free, most US board manufacturers did not make lead-free until the several years after the SLIMP3 was built. Replacing a 50-pin SMT part is extremely difficult. I used a heat gun to remove the old part and in the cleanup process I lost a couple of tracks from the board. I figured that I could replace them but after soldering the new part on it's still dead. SMT technology is very difficult to repair when you are working with very old boards and 50-pin devices. I'll put the old boards in a bag and save them in case my other SLIMP3 player display dies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fizbin View Post
    Keep an eye out for ebay. Last summer I saw a working SLIMP3 go for $12.00.
    That's less than I paid for the chip! You're right, I should have just bought a replacement.

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