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I took apart the volume control just for you <3
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..and as an added bonus it even tells you what's what.


Oh jeez. You may of have just saved me from throwing away an $80 headset.. I'll see where my disassemble goes.

Thanks a lot for the pictures! +rep


EDIT: May I ask how you opened the casing? Or did you just rip it apart lol?
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Originally Posted by Buska103;13944400 
Oh jeez. You may of have just saved me from throwing away an $80 headset.. I'll see where my disassemble goes.

Thanks a lot for the pictures! +rep


EDIT: May I ask how you opened the casing? Or did you just rip it apart lol?

I... ripped it apart. Use needle nose to pry one side up and then just use force to pry the other side off. Start on the razer logo side. That's where the screws are that fasten the board to the other side.

I grabbed one end, squeezed and twisted, and the two sides started to separate. From there I pulled up. It's scuffed but I didn't break it.
Edited by Khaotik55 - 6/20/11 at 5:43pm
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Would it be possible to put the casing back together? Is it like a clip fastener?

I'm debating whether to cut the whole thing out or try to repair it... it would always be a better shot to try to repair it first! smile.gif I'm pretty sure I can handle the soldering.
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post #14 of 49
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Originally Posted by Khaotik55;13944593 
I... ripped it apart. Use needle nose to pry one side up and then just use force to pry the other side off. Start on the razer logo side. That's where the screws are that fasten the board to the other side.

I grabbed one end, squeezed and twisted, and the two sides started to separate. From there I pulled up. It's scuffed but I didn't break it.


Do you have any pictures of the inside of the casing? How are both sides secured? Is it like some push-in clip or is it simplify glued together? I want to open it with as little damage as possible.

EDIT: I'm taking apart my headset tomorrow. I'll take pictures wink.gif
Edited by Buska103 - 6/21/11 at 7:40pm
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post #15 of 49
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Triple post frown.gif

Anyway, I got my headset working. If anyone else ever had the same problem, give this soldering thing a shot!
The wiring is terrible IMO. Razer really needs a revision if they keep on planning to sell these things, my first one broke, I RMA'd, my second one broke, I repaired.
Razer support was not helpful at all explaining or showing me a wiring diagram. They said it was "confidential". So confidential that they decided to color code the wires, and put labels on the sound control PCB... sounded like they wanted me to buy another headset from them.. not ever gonna happen.




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Getting everything ready...

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Took of the casing using a kitchen knife, it's a clip securer thing. Tiny philips screwdriver.

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Sheeesh, look at that wiring. I tested the left and right channels using a multimeter. Right channel (red wire) was working, left channel (green) was NOT.

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Straying wires. Let's fix that.

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Cut down the sleeving a bit. Marked the GND (ground) with some tape because it is the same color (copper) as the M- (microphone -). Didn't want that getting mixed up...

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Cut down the wires a bit and resoldered. The wires are tough as hell to cut!! I tested it before I put it together...

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I assembled it back, and I kept the tape on the ground.. because I didn't see a reason to take it off. If I ever need to repair it again, it'll still be there redface.gif

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It works.





EDIT: PS, if anyone else has a headset that is broken and doesn't work, I'll take it off your hands for you! hehe... tongue.gif
Edited by Buska103 - 6/22/11 at 8:27pm
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post #16 of 49
Hey all, I also fell prey to the left side distortion/death. Volume box seems to be intact. I can wiggle it to work very rarely, but it needs reworked. I am pretty mechanically inclined, and can solder, but would rather not if I can just twist em back up with some artfully cut 'lectric tape. xD Did anyone do a sucessful ear slot rewire? Thanks smile.gif
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Are the two copper wires bare? Wouldn't there be a risk of a short?
    
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post #18 of 49
I thought so too at first, because the jiggling helped. But when I opened up the left phone I noticed the 5 wires were tied in a knot, and then went on to the solder points. A knot in which the coppers were touching xD. But I pulled out my solder gun, ground a tip down, and am ready to get dirty. I'll let yall know how it goes!
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Are the two copper wires bare? Wouldn't there be a risk of a short?

Lol, sorry that I'm late, but since this is the internet and also used as a reference for other people, I may as well say what I'm going to say.

Those two "copper wires" aren't actually copper - they are wires surrounded by some sort of microthread. In that case, the microthread was gold colored.

That microthread is what makes it a pain to solder together. You need to get the wires in the center of the thread and not the thread itself.
I would assume the reason why it isn't the standard wiring method is for increased flexibility.. but then again, the reason why it lost contact was people the center wire was so thin.. lol
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What brought me here is an issue with feedback in the mic. The feedback appears to be somewhere in the wiring with only the left speaker. When sound is playing through the left speaker, the sound seems to leak into the mic, but not with the right speaker. I did a test with balancing the audio from the left to the right speaker while recording a tone and i go this result.

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Now what i came here to post is, do you have this same issue with your headset, and if you don't know can you test it and get back to me, I'm thinking it might me originating from that volume control case like the issue you had. Thanks.
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