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Introduction

My first Handheld Device. A Sony FM/AM Tape Cassette Walkman. It has Digital Controls for the Radio /Alarm Clock on the front and Old school cassette controls on the side. Found it again in a Logitech Tape Case with a Live Medski, Martin and Wood show from 99 in it. Runs on 2 AA batteries. This Walkman was my first Portbale device and I've kept it through all these years. Tis officially my first breakdown on IFIXIT

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Sony Walkman WM-FX20, use our service manual.

Good Ole Sony Walkman.
  • Good Ole Sony Walkman.

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Start with removing the screw on the Underside. The screw on the Backside next. Then the two on the reverse side of the tape controls. New line. New line.
  • Start with removing the screw on the Underside. The screw on the Backside next. Then the two on the reverse side of the tape controls.

  • New line.

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With a small Phillips head, Pry the sides carefully. With a small Phillips head, Pry the sides carefully. With a small Phillips head, Pry the sides carefully.
  • With a small Phillips head, Pry the sides carefully.

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Take care not to jostle the Switches on the top of the unit while removing case. So now we have removed the underside casing from the device. Take care not to jostle the Switches on the top of the unit while removing case. So now we have removed the underside casing from the device.
  • Take care not to jostle the Switches on the top of the unit while removing case. So now we have removed the underside casing from the device.

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Deck the Halls
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Find Ribbon Cable that connects to the board. Carefully Pry open either side of connector as shown, then remove ribbon cable from board. Find Ribbon Cable that connects to the board. Carefully Pry open either side of connector as shown, then remove ribbon cable from board. Find Ribbon Cable that connects to the board. Carefully Pry open either side of connector as shown, then remove ribbon cable from board.
  • Find Ribbon Cable that connects to the board. Carefully Pry open either side of connector as shown, then remove ribbon cable from board.

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Now we can remove the board from the casing.
  • Now we can remove the board from the casing.

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If you do not need to replace the front door control assembly I would not suggest to continue any further- That little spring took me a good 40 minutes to properly get back in place. It is Crucial to get it in right so that the Cassette door stays flush and closed. Find Door Spring and remove carefully. Then find and pry off (on either side) glued on bumpers- These limit the distance the door hinge can travel in order to be pulled off--- Find Door Spring and remove carefully. Then find and pry off (on either side) glued on bumpers- These limit the distance the door hinge can travel in order to be pulled off---
  • If you do not need to replace the front door control assembly I would not suggest to continue any further- That little spring took me a good 40 minutes to properly get back in place. It is Crucial to get it in right so that the Cassette door stays flush and closed.

  • Find Door Spring and remove carefully. Then find and pry off (on either side) glued on bumpers- These limit the distance the door hinge can travel in order to be pulled off---

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Now gently pry the door hinges on either side off of their pivot point, and remove the front door from the assembly Now gently pry the door hinges on either side off of their pivot point, and remove the front door from the assembly
  • Now gently pry the door hinges on either side off of their pivot point, and remove the front door from the assembly

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Remove three screws on backside of cassette door. Then remove panel. Remove three screws on backside of cassette door. Then remove panel. Remove three screws on backside of cassette door. Then remove panel.
  • Remove three screws on backside of cassette door. Then remove panel.

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There is your front mounted control board!  It is attached to what appears to be a speaker i'm guessing. Possibly for the alarm clock.  I found that to be interesting, the little speaker thing.  Anyways , thats it. There is your front mounted control board!  It is attached to what appears to be a speaker i'm guessing. Possibly for the alarm clock.  I found that to be interesting, the little speaker thing.  Anyways , thats it. There is your front mounted control board!  It is attached to what appears to be a speaker i'm guessing. Possibly for the alarm clock.  I found that to be interesting, the little speaker thing.  Anyways , thats it.
  • There is your front mounted control board! It is attached to what appears to be a speaker i'm guessing. Possibly for the alarm clock. I found that to be interesting, the little speaker thing. Anyways , thats it.

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JaosnT

Member since: 10/12/2009

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Please provide more info on how to put the spring back together again. I have a WM-FX435.

Robert Surya - Reply

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