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Bittersweet introduction to WP34S - patryk - 09-06-2013

For the short time that I've had it, I'm enjoying the WP34S a great deal. Unfortunately, today while attempting to clean out some dust from between the front plastic and the LCD screen, I neglected to properly align the LCD in the plastic face, causing the LCD to crack. Would it be possible to transplant a screen from a working 30b and fix this amazing little device, or is this unit junked?


Re: Bittersweet introduction to WP34S - Namir - 09-06-2013

Just buy a new 30b!!!

Namir


Re: Bittersweet introduction to WP34S - Paul Dale - 09-06-2013

It would be possible to replace the screen but you'll need very good soldering skills. The plastic conductive strip that connects the LCD to the main board melts very easily. I can't solder this successfully, but one of the guys I used to work with could do an okay job of it.

Better to just replace it.


Pauli


Re: Bittersweet introduction to WP34S - Kimberly Thompson - 09-06-2013

Check this price / availabilty

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hewlett-Packard-HP-30B-Financial-Calculator-New-In-Box-/221239451446?pt=Calculators&hash=item3382e61f36#ht_1133wt_958

I'ld go with Namir & Pauli for $17.95

SlideRule


Re: Bittersweet introduction to WP34S - patryk - 09-06-2013

Completely replacing it is easier said than done. I don't have a flash cable or any overlays. Is there a kind stranger to whom I could ship a stock 30b and have them flash and put on the overlays in exchange for the price of shipping, the overlay and pasting it, the crystal and caps and soldering them, plus a tip?


Re: Bittersweet introduction to WP34S - Paul Dale - 09-06-2013

hpcalc.org Calculator Sales

The Calculator Store


- Pauli


Re: Bittersweet introduction to WP34S - patryk - 09-06-2013

Thanks! I think I'll try to contact Eric and ask if providing my own stock 30b would discount the $75 some.


Re: Bittersweet introduction to WP34S - Mike Morrow - 09-06-2013

Quote:
hpcalc.org Calculator Sales

The Calculator Store


There seems to be some sort of backlog at hpcalc.org. I'm still waiting for the WP-34S that I ordered in May.


Re: Bittersweet introduction to WP34S - Peter Murphy (Livermore) - 09-06-2013

I asked Eric that very question, and he replied that he did not flash customer calculators. His reasoning was reasonable.


John Ioannidis - John Ioannidis - 09-06-2013

if you send me a new hp30b and include a prepaid return label with either ups or FedEx I'll be happy to flash the latest image for you. There is a FedEx and a ups store right in my building so this is no trouble at all.

email me for details


Re: Bittersweet introduction to WP34S - patryk - 09-07-2013

Indeed, he would rather spare himself the hassle. One of the things he said in his reply worry me, though:

"However, HP's quality control seems to have gone down as well -- approximately 20% of the calculators I attempt to convert end up being unsuitable for the conversion, generally due to keyboard flaws, and HP no longer warrants the calculator."

I was planning on making my own, but I wonder if a guarantee of success isn't worth the full $75...


Re: Bittersweet introduction to WP34S - Gerry Schultz - 09-07-2013

Mike, contact Eric and check the status of your order. I ordered two WP34Ses from Eric and they were shipped in early August. FedEx mis-delivered the package and lost it. When I found out, I ordered two more WP34Ses as replacements. Last week, I received four WP34Ses and FedEx reimbursed Eric.
Now I have 4 calculators. I was thinking of donating two of them to HHC 2013 for the raffle.

Gerry