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AlphaSmart Pro will not turn on ¶ 

Nothing appears on the AlphaSmart screen when I turn it on.

Empty file ¶ 

If the power switch is in the "on" position, and the screen is blank except for a blinking cursor in the upper left corner, this means you are in an empty file. You can start typing on the keyboard and the appropriate characters should appear on the screen.

Drained batteries ¶ 

Always turn off the AlphaSmart when changing batteries or inserting the AC adaptor into the jack. Plug the AlphaSmart into the AC adaptor — if it turns on, your batteries may be the problem. The AlphaSmart Pro's "AA" batteries might be discharged or improperly inserted. Make sure the batteries are not loose, and are oriented properly as indicated in the battery cavity (with the positive (+) end of the battery matching the positive (+) side of the cavity, and the same goes for the negative (-) ends).

Defective lithium coin battery ¶ 

Although it is unlikely for the internal lithium coin battery to have drained, it may cause the AlphaSmart Pro to not turn on. To replace the internal lithium coin battery, refer to the corresponding replacement guide. AlphaSmart Pro Lithium Coin Battery Replacement

Display screen is dysfunctional ¶ 

The display screen may be damaged in such a way that makes further use of the AlphaSmart device more difficult or impossible. You may need to replace the screen. Please refer to this guide for detailed instructions. AlphaSmart Pro Display Screen Replacement

Unresponsive or missing key ¶ 

One or more keys are unresponsive or have come off from the main keyboard.

Device is turned off ¶ 

First, you should check to make sure that the AlphaSmart Pro is turned on. The on/off switch is located in the back right of the device. If you are able to see text or a cursor flashing on the screen, then the device is turned on.

Restart the device ¶ 

If you notice that certain keys do not produce a letter on the display when pressed, then you may have an unresponsive key. Turn your AlphaSmart off and back on, and attempt to press the key again.

Use compressed air ¶ 

Following the directions on the label, compressed air can remove any dirt hidden underneath the keys. After the key has become loosened, attempt to press the key again.

Replace a key ¶ 

If the key is still unresponsive or is missing completely, please refer to the detailed instructions on replacing or reattaching a key in this guide. AlphaSmart Pro Individual Key Replacement

Replace entire keyboard ¶ 

You may have spilled a drink over your keyboard, causing several or all of the keys are unresponsive. If this is the case, it may be necessary to replace the entire keyboard. Visit the following link to learn the proper way to do so. AlphaSmart Pro Keyboard Replacement

Files won't transfer to a computer ¶ 

When using the proper connection cables, the files will not transfer from your AlphaSmart Pro to your computer.

Incorrect cable connection ¶ 

If you are attempting to transfer files from your AlphaSmart Pro to a Macintosh computer, be sure that the Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) cable is properly connected to the port on the AlphaSmart Pro as well as to the port on your Macintosh computer. Then, press the "Send" key in the upper right of the AlphaSmart Pro keyboard to transfer the current file.

If you are attempting to transfer files from your AlphaSmart Pro to a PC, be sure that the PC Dual cable is properly connected to the port on the AlphaSmart Pro as well as to the port on your PC. Then, press the "Send" key in the upper right of the AlphaSmart Pro keyboard to transfer the current file.

Defective cables ¶ 

In the case that either the Apple Desktop Bus cable (for your Macintosh computer) or the PC Dual cable (for your PC) is broken, defective, or just simply not working correctly, you should replace the cable in order to transfer files from your AlphaSmart Pro to your computer.

Front panel is broken ¶ 

The front panel of the AlphaSmart is cracked, broken, or missing.

Front panel replacement ¶ 

Although the AlphaSmart Pro is still fully functional with slight damage or a small crack in the panel, you may still want to replace it. Please refer to this guide for detailed instructions. AlphaSmart Pro Front Panel Replacement

Rear panel is broken ¶ 

The rear panel of the AlphaSmart is cracked, broken, or missing.

Rear panel replacement ¶ 

Although the AlphaSmart Pro is still fully functional with slight damage or a small crack in the panel, you may still want to replace it. Please refer to this guide for detailed instructions. AlphaSmart Pro Rear Panel Replacement

2 Comments

This troubleshooting page has been tremendously helpful in diagnosing and correcting the problems that I have had with my AlphaSmart Pro. Thank you so much!

Nathan Smith - Reply

Right side of keyboard not working diagonal at 8 I k etc

Stephanie Lang - Reply

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