Cracked LCD from... Sitting on a desk?
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    Confused Cracked LCD from... Sitting on a desk?

    Alright, back-story. I was bored sometime during the weekend, and whilst looking at one of my negatives I had wondered if I could mess around with the polarising filter to mod it to positive. Before jumping in head first and buying the film, I decided to take it apart and reassemble it without going any work, just to make sure that I could actually take it apart and everything without breaking everything.

    This went almost perfectly, except for the fact that I had lost a spring, the one that makes the buttons function (I also found out how it does that in the process, but that's a different story). Okay, slight bummer, I'll just open up another one that I don't use as often, and borrow said spring from that one now that I know where it is, and how absolutely minuscule it is. No problem there, the first one now works and the one I probably care least about needs a donor part. Off to everyone's favourite auction site I go, found a cheap donor pretty easily, and it arrived today.

    Now firstly, the same part from the donor actually doesn't fit. Apparently these springs either vary in size between solar/non-solar models, or they decided to make them smaller in general at some point. *sigh* "Whatever, no big loss" I think, after putting my still non-functioning Mudman back together. Then when putting the donor back together I hear a tiny click, and see this:

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    I'll let you imagine my reaction.

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    And here's a closer look at the damage. Apparently at some point during this reassembly, there must've been something that caused a build-up of pressure on the left side for it to crack. Looking at the module, the side that cracked had popped open compared to the right side, as you can see below...

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    At this point, it's a write off unless anyone has a spare LCD/module knocking about. I suppose my question to any modders would be, have any of you had such a thing happen after tinkering around with a module? I'm happy to accept it as my fault, but it just seems so strange because I've done it before, several times, with nothing going wrong. I didn't have to force it together in an awkward position before it cracked, it just happened about an hour after I had it all back together.

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    Re: Cracked LCD from... Sitting on a desk?

    It's a brave man that admits his failures in public, I've done it a few times on here. Thank you for your courage. A salutary lesson to us all, and I feel your pain...
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    Re: Cracked LCD from... Sitting on a desk?

    Ya done goofed! :D

    It's okay, I've broken a watch or two before, haha.

    I've been close to this same predicament before, but during tightening it up, I could feel it wasn't closing properly like it should. So, undid everything and traced my steps. Could be a spring that fell out of place, you misaligned something, etc. I don't actually have this watch in particular so I can't give specifics, as I haven't opened any! :(

    Definitely a bummer, but hey, you now have parts! ;)

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    Re: Cracked LCD from... Sitting on a desk?

    Quote Originally Posted by TRSCP View Post
    Ya done goofed! :D

    It's okay, I've broken a watch or two before, haha.

    I've been close to this same predicament before, but during tightening it up, I could feel it wasn't closing properly like it should. So, undid everything and traced my steps. Could be a spring that fell out of place, you misaligned something, etc. I don't actually have this watch in particular so I can't give specifics, as I haven't opened any! :(

    Definitely a bummer, but hey, you now have parts! ;)
    The module in this one was arranged very similarly to a solar atomic 5500/5600 one, at least as far as the metal frame having 4 clips and not going all the way around, the atomic receiver being in the same place, etc, if that'd help you diagnose it. But yeah, I figure that it must've been a displacement of something, but oh well. It was somewhat of an experimental watch anyways since I bought it used and didn't wear it a whole lot. The experiment may have ended in failure, but at least I learned something!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LankyOrangutan View Post
    The module in this one was arranged very similarly to a solar atomic 5500/5600 one, at least as far as the metal frame having 4 clips and not going all the way around, the atomic receiver being in the same place, etc, if that'd help you diagnose it. But yeah, I figure that it must've been a displacement of something, but oh well. It was somewhat of an experimental watch anyways since I bought it used and didn't wear it a whole lot. The experiment may have ended in failure, but at least I learned something!
    I'd have to see both XD

    At any rate, SCIENCE!

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