This guide can be used for those that are experiencing difficulties with their hold switch. A major sign of a faulty hold switch is being incapable of turning on the device. Use this guide to replace a faulty hold switch.

  1. Remove the battery compartment cover.
    • Remove the battery compartment cover.

    • Remove the battery.

  2. Locate and remove the screw next to the battery compartment lid.
    • Locate and remove the screw next to the battery compartment lid.

    • Locate the interlocking pegs along the seam of the device's casings.

    • Gently pry the pegs apart one at a time, working your way around the case.

    • Be careful when prying apart the pegs: they are made of plastic and may break.

    • The battery contact springs may prevent the case from separating.

    • Push the battery contact springs down through the hole in the case.

    • The casing protecting the USB and headphone jacks must be removed.

    • Locate and gently pry apart the two interlocking clips holding it in place.

    • The outer casings may now be removed and the MP3 player should separate.

    • You now have access to all components found on the inside of the device!

    • Locate hold switch on motherboard.

    • Locate where hold switch is connected to motherboard via soldered connections.

    • Use the soldering iron to liquefy the solder connecting the hold switch to the motherboard.

    • The solder and soldering iron will be very hot at this time. Do not touch unless wearing protective gloves as you will be burnt.

    • Be sure to always elevate the hot end of the soldering iron on a metal stand to prevent incidental burns.

    • With the soldered points liquefied, remove faulty hold switch from the motherboard.

    • To do this liquefy the solder on each contact and remove them individually.

    • Replace faulty hold switch with a new one.

    • There may be some solder in the way of the hold switch's metal contacts. If this occurs simply melt/remove the solder to create room for the contacts.

    • With the new hold switch in place, use the soldering iron and solder to create a stable connection between the motherboard and hold switch.

    • Be sure to allow the new solder to cool and harden.


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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