Hardware buzz - can OpenMoko help?

Christ van Willegen cvwillegen at gmail.com
Tue Jan 6 15:01:58 CET 2009

To whom this may concern...

I've been using my FreeRunner for some time now, and although some
points keep irking me (esp. sound and accelerometers after
suspend/resume), it's more and more a daily phone. Except for the

The last few days, people have constantly complained about a loud,
high-pitched noise when I call them. I presume it's the 'ahrdware
buzz' we're talking about here.

I am unable to do the hardware fix for this, myself, and I find it
troublesome to go somewhere and get my (still expensive!) phone

I'd rather have an OpenMoko (or FIC) engineer fix this for me, but
shipping would be prohibitively expensive, I guess.

Here's a thought... on Februari 7th and 8th there will be the Fosdem
event, in Brussels, Belgium. Would it be possible to send someone over
with an SMD soldering iron, a boatload of capacitors and other stuff
needed to do the SD-card cap and buzz cap fix? I'd gladly pay a couple
of euro's (10? 20?) to get this fixed in a way that I know it will be
done correctly.

If enough geeks show up with their phones, paying 10 or 20 euro... I
have no idea how many phones were sold in Europe, and how much time it
takes to do the fix, so I can't calculate costs vs. money, but perhaps
this would be a way to help us users from 'far away'.


Christ van Willegen
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