Repair notes for various computer equipment
AlphaServer 1000A storage bay door button
The button of the storage bay door is broken and now the storage bay door is constantly open.
The "hinges" of the bay door button are two small plastic pins and are not very strong.
After some time pushing the bay door button the pins broke and the button can no longer hold the
storage bay door in its place (i.e. swings open every time). So, I made holes in the face plate
where these plastic pins used to be and inserted an iron pin which would hold the bay door button
in place and thereby the storage bay door.
- For the upper hole I used the blade of a small hacksaw to create a hole of 2 mm. For the bottom
hole I drilled a hole of 3 mm. This was a bit tricky because the location of the bottom hole is
difficult to reach with a drill, so I carefully drilled from different angles until the hole was
deep enough (I actually drilled all the way to the horizontal air gap of the face plate). See
picture of holes.
- Next, I took an iron pin of about 3.5 cm long and 2 mm thick. Bend half a centimeter at a right
angle to make a handle of this pin. Insert the handle in
the drilled holes to see if it fits. Also check whether the handle has a clear path from the upper
hole down through the bottom hole of the bay door button; remove any plastic material from
the button that's in the way of the handle.
- Finally, put the bay door button into the face plate along with the spring. Push down the
spring and insert the handle in the holes (i.e. the drilled holes, the holes of the button, and
the holes of the spring). This may be a bit of tinkering, but when succeeded the bay door button
will be rock-solid.
November 2, 2013 — arthur