The "trivial" #1024 GSM fix (Was: Document with answers to most popular battery-related questions is ready)

Rask Ingemann Lambertsen ccc94453 at
Sun Aug 9 02:16:39 CEST 2009

On Sun, Aug 02, 2009 at 11:17:48PM +0400, Paul Fertser wrote:
> "arne anka" <openmoko at> writes:
> > the only time i ever heard of 140h suspend were the mail from daniel  
> > willmann after he applied a hw fix to #1024.
> Yes, exactly. But fixing is fairly trivial, the soldering part is in
> fact easier than the buzz fix.

   Yes, the soldering part. So you "only" have the remaining parts to do:

1) Find somewhere to buy a 10 uF SMD capacitor small enough. E.g. there's
nowhere in Denmark I can get one. I'd need to go abroad (Malmö, Sweden)[1]
for a shop that sells a 0805 16 V one to hobbyists or, as I'll do in this
case, buy 20 0805 22 uF ones from Digikey, of which 18 will be used
for the bass fix, one for #1024 and one for fun and games[2].

2) Disassemble the Neo not doing any damage.
3) Take the can off in such a shape as to be able to put it on again.

5) Put the can back on in a reasonably good shape.
6) Assemble the Neo.

   And the thing is, if you don't already have a soldering iron and can't
borrow one (including someone to operate it?) then part 4) isn't really all
that trivial either. Unless someone sets up a #1024 fix programme, like
there was the buzz fix programme, the #1024 fix will likely be out of reach
to most of those affected.

	So the lady looked at the riot from the comfort of her castle.
	"Why is the crowd so angry?" she asked.
	"They have no money to buy bread, mylady" she was explained.
	"Can't they just eat cookies?" she asked.

   These days, you're less likely to be punished by hanging for such
behaviour. But I think you should still not assume that every Neo owner has
access to the #1024 GSM fix necessary for the 140 hour standby time.

[2] If I had an A5, I'd give it a shot to make it start without a battery.

Rask Ingemann Lambertsen
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