|JP Vossen on 27 Apr 2016 11:35:04 -0700|
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|Re: [PLUG] Flash drive "No medium found"|
Thanks for the thoughts.I did glance at eBay but I haven't really trusted anything on there in years.
I doubt it's cracked solder, the chip is tiny and very integrated. If I can get it out I'll certainly look and try the heat/solder gun ideas if appropriate.
I'd love to swap in better guts, the key (ha ha) is that the chip is small and flat, like I said at bottom, 11 x 23 x 1.5mm so any clues where to find a chip like that appreciated. Best pics I could find at bottom.
On 04/27/2016 01:04 PM, Rich Mingin (PLUG) wrote:
With a drop being involved, and the data not being important, you might be able to reflow the connections with a heat gun and get it working again, but IMO USB flash entered the "disposable, replace instead of fix" realm a few years ago. On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 1:02 PM, John Kreno <firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>> wrote: Along the same thought as Rich, if you get the thing open, mayhaps it is just a loose component if you have steady hands, a sharp iron tip and some fine solder you might be right back in business. On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 12:57 PM, Rich Mingin (PLUG) <firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>> wrote: As someone who has done what I suggest, if you go as far as prying open the plastic, I'd swap out for different/better guts. One of my old favorite USB keys is built into a decent pen, and it's been 64MB, 256MB, 1GB, 4GB, and now 16GB over the years. Just need to find a replacement with same size or smaller PCB. On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 10:47 AM, K.S. Bhaskar <firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>> wrote: Did you check eBay for a replacement? Regards -- Bhaskar On Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 5:59 PM, JP Vossen <firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>> wrote: On 04/24/2016 09:12 AM, Mike DePaulo wrote: On Sat, Apr 23, 2016 at 5:58 PM, JP Vossen <firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>> wrote: My son has a really cool Victorinox Swiss Army 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive , but someone knocked a computer over at school when he was using it and now it doesn't work. <snip> My theory is that the flash memory is damaged, but the flash memory controller is not. -Mike Thanks Mike, that was a good idea for testing. Unless someone else comes up with something brilliant, it looks like it's toast. And I can't find a replacement anywhere. The chip itself looks to be 11 x 23 x 1.5mm when I measure it and the best images I've found are http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-Swiss-Army-Flash-Drive/dp/B00A3ISWPO/ and http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/victorinox-alox-slim-16gb-usb-flash-drive_413-3001677-4617128G16/. If I got something like that I might be able to prey open the plastic part and just swap the chips. Ideas there?
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