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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikabob View Post
    Where are instructions to open case?
    Some photos of the Touch interior here:
    https://fccid.io/JNZXRC4/Internal-Ph...os-1138903.pdf

    Once you remove the metal stand (two screws), you pry the front and back panel of the Touch apart much like opening a laptop PC case. Not particularly difficult, but also not easy if you've not done it before and don't have the right tools.

    You might consider replacing the Touch with a Raspberry Pi-based player. You have a USB DAC so the connection between the two is a standard printer cable (USB Type A to USB Type B). There are guides online on how to assemble the player: it all snaps together, no soldering involved. Total cost including a metal case and power supply would be under $100. Sound quality is the same as your Touch. Here's the rub: for whatever reason, there are no RPi boards available anywhere right now.

    Anyway, if it comes to that, plenty of people here will help you get it going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apesbrain View Post
    Some photos of the Touch interior here:
    https://fccid.io/JNZXRC4/Internal-Ph...os-1138903.pdf

    Here's the rub: for whatever reason, there are no RPi boards available anywhere right now.
    True. I imagine it's the same reason you can't get a new vehicle (driving up used vehicle prices) and my sister has been waiting for her new bath tub since March

    But, here in the US, you can still get some of the more expensive kits: https://www.canakit.com/raspberry-pi...-case-kit.html (at least it appears that way), while the cheaper kits and boards are out to January->June

    Also, you can still pay 2-3x the normal price on ebay. Seems obscene when you normally pay $50 for a pi, but when you stop to think about what you are really getting for 2-3x that price? Not so bad...

    Jim

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    Thanks for the help. I’ll be opening the case and let you know.
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    Ok…I’m having trouble opening/prying open the case.
    Any suggestions??? Won’t budge.

    Thank you.
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    I haven't done it, and the only thing I could find is post #3 in that thread I provided, look for the reference to the silver foot. https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...l=1#post543099

    If you have a thin plastic tool, like the ones used for disassembling cell phones, maybe use those as a persuasion pry to get the separation started. Also, small amount of heat around the seams (heat gun or hair dryer) might help.

    also (from experience) do be careful with those FPC connectors.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikabob View Post
    Any suggestions???
    From the photos at the link I provided above, it appears that the front panel of the Touch detaches in one piece from the surrounding enclosure. Take care doing this as the front display is connected to the circuit board within the enclosure by two ribbon cables.

    The rulers used for scale in the photos show that there is alignment between two plastic stubs on the back of the front panel and two openings near where the screws were removed to take off the metal base. Can you push something through these openings and force the front panel away from the surrounding enclosure? You may need to insert the edge of a credit card into any gap you create in order to keep this gap open. Use a second credit card to move outward from the gap you created. As you move, the front panel should release. Take care not to insert the credit cards too far into the Touch or you run the risk of disloging a component part or ribbon cable.

    Once the front panel is released, you'll have access to where the ribbon cables attach to the circuit board. At the base of these connectors is a small flap that lifts up allowing the ribbon to come free.



    Here is an example available on Amazon of the kind of tool set that can be used to do this job:
    https://www.amazon.com/iFixit-Prying...dp/B0762BVXDY/
    Last edited by Apesbrain; 2021-12-18 at 12:48.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apesbrain View Post
    .Can you push something through these openings and force the front panel away from the surrounding enclosure? .
    really good idea (if you can hang onto the back).

    In looking closer at the photos, those 5 indentations on the inside of the case front appear to be hinge locks, there must be the mate on the inside of the rear at the top. I say this because you will have to open from the bottom (as advised) until the "hinging" on the top is at a sufficient angle for them to release. If you are prying at the top first, they won't open.

    I have broken a few things (like remotes) trying to get them open from the wrong end. Once broken and open, I go "oh"

    Jim

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    Senior Member Ikabob's Avatar
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    Thanks to all for trying to help me here. But, it’s goodbye to my Touch. Luckily I have another that I can use on my main stereo system. I take it there is no where to buy a new Touch? Anyhow the opening the touch caused irreversible damage….

    Thanks for your efforts for me. Ron
    Last edited by Ikabob; 2021-12-18 at 14:31.
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    Ok, the Raspberry Pi solution works perfectly well if you need it in the future.

    There are also these devices which require no assembly at all:
    https://polyvection.com/en/product/dac32/
    https://polyvection.com/en/product/digi32/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apesbrain View Post
    Ok, the Raspberry Pi solution works perfectly well if you need it in the future.

    There are also these devices which require no assembly at all:
    https://polyvection.com/en/product/dac32/
    https://polyvection.com/en/product/digi32/
    Thank you very much.
    Ikabob


    Squeezebox Touch w/LMS V7.9; Benchmark DAC1 USB;Marantz Pre-amp; SAE Amplifier;ESS Heil Speakers(main listening speakers plus various additional speakers).
    Multiple players: SqueezeBooms,SqueezeRadios; SB3;
    Services:Rhapsody;Slacker;RadioTunes;Spotify (+Triode's Plugin);CalmRadio,Napster,
    Ipeng remote controller.

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