>> Sunday, March 25, 2007
Thanks to Dauphinais Richard from Gametronik we will start with the english version of the repair guide: Tutorials about how to repair broken CD-i parts, including peripherals and hardware like the Timekeeper battery. In 2005 Richard started to write a guide which was the source of Terratron's Timekeeper battery article, which is unfortunately not available at this time of writing. However, by high demanding, on request, Interactive Dreams takes the time to bring you some tutorials. The first part is about the Touchpad.
Here you can find the starting thread from the author.
Here you can download the original French Guide (our reference).
The 22ER9017 CD-i Touchpad is often seen as the best joystick designed for CD-i, thanks to the ergonomic design and the 4-button lay-out which is a must for certain games. Unfortunately, due to the excessive length of the cable, it suffers from a small common defect: In the connector the wires are located in a tiny shell which is rather long and small and it's not very easy to repair this part. It's far more easy to replace the whole connector. The location of the wires resembles the typical industry standard: It's a regular type of connector.
This guide shows a connector of a keyboard of a PC which is identically. First: It is necessary to cut away the gray cable to short-nap the plastic moulding, if you heat the mauve part it makes it more malleable. In this way you can withdraw the gray moulding. Now you can turn the moulding around the metal part (see pictures). After withdrawing the round metal plate (it indicates the position of the connector in the CD-i), you will need to insert the wire in the visible slit of the plate and to draw aside it.
The inserted wire needs to be solidified before you can draw back the moulding. Seperate the wires delicately to avoid tearing off the pine connector. Use scissors to withdraw this adhesive but you will need the half compartment to precisely place the wires and prevent the wires get away from the pines.
You need to cross off 5mm of the wire naked from the back connector. Short-nap the clothing of the metal connector using the scissors and then put a little power on it to turn. Insert the cable in the moulding for about 2 or 3 cm. Take a look at the pictures to be sure you don't mistake the directions.
Now put back the metal ring to its initial place and the clothing of the connector: Heat the moulding again and tighten it. Your new connector is ready to use!
The other side of the cable is attached to the Touchpad itself. In the picture you see the electronic elements specific to the Philips Touchpad. Notice the elements where the cable is connected to the lever. Clean the areas around the lever to avoid any oxide trace which could harm the operation of the lever. This also counts for the rubber as illustrated.
Please note we need to review the guides to see how effective they are, obviously the pictures speak for itself but I can imagine you still have a lot of questions once you start to repair this type. Post away your comments and questions so we can all learn something from it, and we'll update the repair guide to get the tutorial section on Interactive Dreams the best there is.
Thanks to: Gametronik