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I-Mate SP5 (Tornado) Disassembly


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Guest iainmann
I wonder how many of this type of scam SBE get away with? With a quote like that will people pay to have the 'faulty' phone returned? They must get a lot of abandoned phones there with not an awful lot wrong with them

Hadn't thought of that! They send the repair quote on a form and you have to choose three options

1 I'll pay..repair it.

2 Don't repair but send it back to me for

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Guest fluffcat1
Hadn't thought of that! They send the repair quote on a form and you have to choose three options

1 I'll pay..repair it.

2 Don't repair but send it back to me for

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Guest bongo_king
Trading standards / watchdog / i-mate need to send some 'test' phones in for repair and see what SBE say needs doing methinks.

Richard

I second that - they had my SP5 for about a month and all it needed doing was replacing the keyboard, had to chase them a lot - that was warranty work, but as an experience it certainly didn't fill me with confidence: they struck me as cowboys

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Guest nastassja

nice guide, i was planning to open it in order to clean it (joystick not responding as it should).. i wish it was easier :)

some pictures would be great, btw!

thanks

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Guest killerost

My SP5m had a joystick that didn't respon very well.. so I followed your guide and was planning to unscrew the joystick but I couldn't find any philips screwdriver small enough. Then I assembled it again. And to my surprise the joystick worked flawlessly. So it seems that the problem was that the ribbon cable from the keys wasn't properly attatched to the mainboard. <_< So if anyone else has trouble with the joystick, especially the downward motion, maybe that cable is your problem to.

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Guest rarvin2

Hello,

I followed your wonderful instructions upto this point, when i discovered something new with this imate sp3i, to open which i had to recruit the services of my very technologically challenged sister, who insisted that i contribute this piece of information about imate's own technological ineptness.

7. To remove the keypad for cleaning etc, put the front facia face down. You

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Guest fluffcat1
Hello,

I followed your wonderful instructions upto this point, when i discovered something new with this imate sp3i, to open which i had to recruit the services of my very technologically challenged sister, who insisted that i contribute this piece of information about imate's own technological ineptness.

The reason for your finding differences is your model is the older typhoon based feeler, a completley different specimen to the subject of this guide!

What you've discovered is well known and very fiddly :)

The feeler keypad can be removed if you remoe the frame from the *outside* of the fascia first.

Can you please edit your post for clarity and the benefit of other *sp5* owners who may come accross it?

Richard

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Guest Tequilamatrix

I cracked my LCD screen today. When you took your phone apart was the LCD a plug in or does it need to be soldered?

Thanks!

Anyone know where you can get LCD screens from?

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Guest jm012a9749

quote]I cracked my LCD screen today. When you took your phone apart was the LCD a plug in or does it need to be soldered?

Thanks!

Anyone know where you can get LCD screens from?

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Guest Thetechnogeek
Can you please edit your post for clarity and the benefit of other *sp5* owners who may come accross it?

Richard

fluffcat1/Richard,

Off-topic (a bit), but W4lly suggested I PM you about some SP5 parts (see post here: http://www.modaco.com/Where-oh-where-can-I...5-t243521.html). Unfortunately your inbox is full! However, I have taken my SP5 apart a few times- and next time can take some hi-res pictures to post.

Can you help with the fascia?

Thanks!

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Guest moscho999

Thank you very much for the description.

I followed it completely and everything worked out fine until 7).

I am not able to remove the white foil attached to the key pad or the one for the 4 top buttons.

As I am having problems with the top left button I would appreciate any help.

Thanks Moscho999

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Guest sporkguy
Superb instructions, many thanks. One small point - you need a Torx 4 screwdriver, not a Torx 5. Perfect apart from that though.

Chris

What I tend to use is a very small (like the kind found in medium-priced xmas crackers!) flathead screwdriver, works a treat and saves on buying Torx screwdrivers :rolleyes:

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Guest The Doctor
What I tend to use is a very small (like the kind found in medium-priced xmas crackers!) flathead screwdriver, works a treat and saves on buying Torx screwdrivers :)

:rolleyes: i do that as well!

i actually sanded down a flat head screwdriver so it'd fit perfectly using a belt sander :(

trouble is with using a flatblade is you can strip the screwheads ;)

Phil

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Guest tboy2000

I have the Vodafone V1240 version with the grey keypad. I really want to change it to a black keypad as I much prefer the look of the Qtek 8310 or iMate SP 5. I now know how to open the phone. All I would like to know now is where can I get a replacement black keypad please? Many thanks!

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