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Best Answer stumblinman , 14 June 2014 - 08:22 AM

Basically unscrew the back cover, gently pop the knobs off the front (all of them) with gentle pressure and a couple butter knives or screwdrivers, and then remove the standoff screws inside on the PCB.  There are a couple ribbon cables you will need to disconnect to remove the boards.  They are held in place by hot glue.  If you slowly wiggle and pull you can get the glue off and disconnect the ribbon cables.  Once all the necessary cables are disconnected and you pull the switches board out, you can pull out the main board.  It's a matter of angle and even pulling to get it out.  You will have to remove some nuts from the back to release the 1/4" jacks.  Once everything is loose, pull it out, desolder and solder.  I did it over a year ago, so I may have forgotten a few minor details, but just look everything over and nothing should require any forcing.  It all comes apart and goes together with gentle pressure.

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#1 desross

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 07:11 AM

Hi,

 

Total Newbie - First Post.

 

I have bought a used Pod Hd500 which has a damaged power input - not making contact properly.

 

I have in my possesion , the replacement part from Line 6 and was wondering if someone out there has replaced this before and would walk me through the steps to access the part and replace it.

 

Not really sure where best to start and keen not to damage anything whilst taking the unit apart.

 

Any help will be much appreciated!

 

Looking forward to accessing some cool sounds.

 

Cheers in advance,

 

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#2 Charlie_Watt

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 07:49 AM

You first have to figure out how to take the case apart.  The power connector is directly soldered to the main board based on pix I have seen.  There are some posts here showing the thing apart.  Look for them.  You can do more harm than good if you don't know which end of a soldering iron is hot.  You will have to unsolder the damaged power connector and solder in the new one.  Judge your skills before you tackle this.


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#3 psarkissian

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 07:49 AM

Take it to a Line 6 authorized Service Center in your area.

There may be more to it than just a power jack. They will have

the tools, anti-static station and access to schematics. And 

if something else is already failed inside, they'll be able to

deal with that too.

 

"Judge your skills before you tackle this"--- most definitely.


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#4 stumblinman

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 07:53 AM

I've replaced it and it is fairly easy. Taking the pod apart was tougher than actually doing the soldering. Getting the main board out of the case is fairly tricky and not for the faint of heart. If you don't feel 100% confident in your soldering and your comfort level with taking your new toy completely apart, take it to a service center.
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Posted 13 June 2014 - 11:52 AM

Stumblinman, when you did the replacement did your order the part first or is it one easily found at an electronics store?


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Posted 13 June 2014 - 04:17 PM

It's from fullcompass.com I believe.  I'd have to dig to find the part number.  Line 6 phone support actually gave me the part number.


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Posted 14 June 2014 - 07:04 AM

Thanks guys,

 

ajktsb - the description of the part on the packet is 'Jack Barrel PCB MT 2.5 mm DC power 3 pin'  part no appears as 21-00-0014

 

psarkissian - I am based in Glasgow, Scotland. Not sure that there is an authorised service centre near me.

 

Re skill level - My soldering iron skills amount to me having swapped out pups on a few guitars and playing around with different wiring combinations , so while i know which end is hot , I am no expert.

 

I reckon that if I can get to the part ok , I could unsolder it and solder in a new one.

 

Stumblin man - you reckon you could walk me through the steps to getting to the part?

 

Thanks again for any help.


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Posted 14 June 2014 - 08:21 AM

There was a video posted somewhere in this forum that shows how  to take the unit apart and replace the USB chip.  That will get you inside.  The power jack is a much easier thing to change once you open it up.  Just be careful not to damage the board traces when you unsolder and remove the old one.  I would use some "Solder Wick" to remove the old solder from the broken jack. 


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Posted 14 June 2014 - 08:22 AM   Best Answer

Basically unscrew the back cover, gently pop the knobs off the front (all of them) with gentle pressure and a couple butter knives or screwdrivers, and then remove the standoff screws inside on the PCB.  There are a couple ribbon cables you will need to disconnect to remove the boards.  They are held in place by hot glue.  If you slowly wiggle and pull you can get the glue off and disconnect the ribbon cables.  Once all the necessary cables are disconnected and you pull the switches board out, you can pull out the main board.  It's a matter of angle and even pulling to get it out.  You will have to remove some nuts from the back to release the 1/4" jacks.  Once everything is loose, pull it out, desolder and solder.  I did it over a year ago, so I may have forgotten a few minor details, but just look everything over and nothing should require any forcing.  It all comes apart and goes together with gentle pressure.


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Posted 16 June 2014 - 02:11 AM



http://line6.com/sup...ck-experiences/
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#11 psarkissian

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 08:05 AM

The video seems pretty good as a general reference that can be applied to the power jack,

just make sure that the iron isn't so hot that you lift pads or traces.

 

You bought it used, so warranty isn't an issue at this point. Not sure where the nearest authorised

service center is, but Line 6 in the UK is in Rugby. My mates there know their stuff.

 

The other upside about going that route is that my mates in Rugby can go through it all and make

sure everything is good and go through all the checks needed. Also, you check with the guys in

Rugby, see if they can point you to authorised service center in your area. 

 

If you end up doing it yourself, just remember, it might be an easy solder job, but it's the easy ones

that are easy to make mistakes on. I've been doing this decades, it's the easy ones that get you.

 

Happy hunting.


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 01:17 PM

Thanks for all your help guys!

 

We have power!

 

Trickiest part was the glue on the ribbons. Whoever put this one together went mental with the glue gun.


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 01:55 PM

Charlie_Watt  Thanks for the tip about the solder wick

 

I had never even heard of that before - the kit I had only had a little vacuum pump which is tricky to use.

 

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#14 stumblinman

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 02:27 PM

Mine was exactly the same. Just had to gently work it loose. Glad you were successful!

Thanks for all your help guys!

We have power!

Trickiest part was the glue on the ribbons. Whoever put this one together went mental with the glue gun.


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 02:58 PM

Yeah, the glue is handy and helpful. 


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