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Old 11-21-2010, 05:19 PM   #1
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I have an Altec Landing IM 7 iPod boombox. The front ipod holder has broken. It works just like a tape deck. You slide the ipod in and push it back into the boombox to make it flush. It no longer stays flush. I need ideas on how to keep it flush. It is going to have to be something external because the wires on the inside do not allow taking the mechanism off. You can see in one picture how I am holding it in with my hand. Velcro on the inside of the mechanism will not be strong enough to hold the springs from kicking it out.

PS: this thing is expensive, and I've already put a lot of time into it. I use it all the time and love it. Recently, some bad batteries exploded inside of it, wreaking havoc. I have since soldered some new battery springs onto the terminals, and repainted the outside of it. So it's worth fixing the deck instead of buying new. And I love doing this kind of stuff.
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Send it in for repair or pre-drill a hole and put a small screw in it.

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Send it in for repair or pre-drill a hole and put a small screw in it.
Repair will be too costly. With regard to a screw: the mechanism needs to be able to open and close without tools so that ipods can be exchanged in and out during a party or on the beach. I'm thinking of a latching mechanism, but can't think of where I could find small enough hardware for a simple and unobtrusive latch. I still want the thing to look nice.
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Now you want it beach party proof.

A Swiss Army Knife in one of your pockets and a few extra screws in the other.

That’s the best I can do.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:07 PM   #5
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make it a taped deck.


Duct tape would work just fine.
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A small piece of Velcro.
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Whatever you do, I wouldn't spend too much time on it. I have the exact same model and I have babied mine, and it is already toast.
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Velcro on the inside of the mechanism will not be strong enough to hold the springs from kicking it out.
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Whatever you do, I wouldn't spend too much time on it. I have the exact same model and I have babied mine, and it is already toast.
What happened to yours? I have had mine for 3 years and it's still running strong.

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Duct tape would work just fine.
I'd like something a little more aesthetically pleasing.
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I was thinking of something like the little things on the back of a picture frame that hold the glass and picture in the frame. Something I could slide/rotate over the deck after I push it in. Then when I want it to release I just rotate it back. Anyone have any ideas on where I could find hardware like that?
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What happened to yours? I have had mine for 3 years and it's still running strong.


I was listening to it the other day and I heard a loud 'pop', and ever since the playback has been weird. If I keep the volume low it is alright, but anything above that and it is like the treble and bass are out of whack and cannot be set correctly, even with the remote. Spoken word tracks play strangely too, but not all the time. Mine is about 3 or 4 years old and I really have babied it. I have never even turned it up loud, save once or twice. Hopefully my experience isn't typical and yours will last.
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I was listening to it the other day and I heard a loud 'pop', and ever since the playback has been weird. If I keep the volume low it is alright, but anything above that and it is like the treble and bass are out of whack and cannot be set correctly, even with the remote. Spoken word tracks play strangely too, but not all the time. Mine is about 3 or 4 years old and I really have babied it. I have never even turned it up loud, save once or twice. Hopefully my experience isn't typical and yours will last.
That stinks man. I blare mine a lot and haven't had any actual sound problems. It's gone through hell at the beach getting sand in it and having batteries explode in it. The only problem so far has been the front hatch not closing. I've become attached to it because I use it so much, and I think it sounds way better than any other one I've heard yet.
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How about some small NdFeB magnets. Maybe two on the door and two on the unit itself. I don't know how much open gap is acceptable so you would have to figure out how thick of a magnet you could use or maybe route a recess so a magnet could fit if so the door would close completely.

here are some with a 1/4 pound pull and are only 1/32" thick.

http://www.kjmagnetics.com/proddetail.asp?prod=D201-N52

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