[mythtv-users] Looking for a New remote

Raymond Wagner raymond at wagnerrp.com
Sun Dec 26 16:00:41 UTC 2010

On 12/26/2010 10:48, Brian Wood wrote:
> On Sunday, December 26, 2010 07:41:12 am George Nassas wrote:
>> On 2010-12-25, at 8:48 PM, Raymond Wagner wrote:
>>> On 12/24/2010 18:29, George Nassas wrote:
>>>> The charging mechanism doesn't.
>>> I find I suffer that problem on most of my rechargeable wireless
>>> gear.  I don't know why, but they've never managed to produce
>>> robust contacts.  I always end up getting out the soldering iron
>>> and dropping a bead on each of the contacts.
>> Wow, wish I was courageous enough to break out the soldering iron.
>> It's particularly galling because harmony remotes have usb connectors
>> on them but it never occurred to anyone at logitech to allow
>> charging through that interface. Eventually it did because newer
>> models can be charged by usb but I'm SOL.
>> In the interest of adding actual value to this thread: I keep a
>> pencil eraser next to the charging cradle and every so often rub
>> down the contacts on the remote and the cradle. I also keep a C cell
>> battery nearby to put weight on the remote so it will maintain
>> contact once established. That has worked so far although there is
>> some amount of jiggling involved to get it to make contact in the
>> first place.
> Solder is not that great a conductor, the flux contains horrible things,
> and its application will also destroy the gold-plated connectors (if
> they were there), and solder is not very corrosion resistant.

The gold plating had already scratched off of my mouse before I resorted 
to solder.  After two years, I'm seeing a lot of corrosion at the edge 
between the solder and the original contact, but the actual point hit by 
the charger is clean and I have no problem getting it to charge.

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