How to open your scroll

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Re: How to open your scroll

Postby Charlie » January 24th, 2011, 10:53 pm

JimmyW wrote:Couldn't help myself ;)

Couple of added pics showing the as yet unknown area of unused PCB and the delectable-looking com1 :D


Nice one - thanks for the photos - :D
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Re: How to open your scroll

Postby mojo » January 24th, 2011, 11:01 pm

very, very interesting stuff...can wait for the higher res pic's! any chance of not using a flash album? only because i want to download the pic's for future reference and highlight some areas of interest ;-)
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Re: How to open your scroll

Postby JimmyW » January 24th, 2011, 11:07 pm

When I've finished stripping it to the bare bones and having every bit of it documented and photographed I'll happily provide full res images for download mojo

Just for reference the main PCB is labelled:

INET Co-S1008-v1.1 ZL 2010-10-12
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Re: How to open your scroll

Postby barrelockingnut » January 24th, 2011, 11:26 pm

Bloody Good Work !!
If it wasnt exactly mission impossible,it definitely was mission improbable !!
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Re: How to open your scroll

Postby JimmyW » January 24th, 2011, 11:51 pm

Not the hardest 40 seconds I've ever spent... now to change the utterly crap antenna in there for a wifi antenna connector through the casing for a proper beefy antenna attachment,..
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Re: How to open your scroll

Postby mojo » January 24th, 2011, 11:58 pm

JimmyW wrote:now to change the utterly crap antenna in there for a wifi antenna connector through the casing for a proper beefy antenna attachment,..



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Re: How to open your scroll

Postby Kommander » January 25th, 2011, 12:37 am

Jimmy,

Correct me if i'm wrong, but the picture looks like CON1 rather than COM1 (which would suggest USB, plus with the 4 solder points would also suggest the same tbh). Plus COM tends to relate only to serial ports so CON (shortened CONnection maybe?) might make more sense, definately interesting though! Have you got a spare USB cable you can cannibalise and test with? Would be interesting to see if it works as a bus or host port or something completely different.

When you check the CPU, let us know if there's any room for minor heatpipe cooling or not - would be interesting for overclocking purposes :P
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Re: How to open your scroll

Postby mojo » January 25th, 2011, 12:49 am

i'd use a multimeter first ;-)
i'm guessing its there for a purpose, which was denied due to cost/development time, perhaps the elusive bluetooth function was on a separate board altogether and just mounted there? if only we had the complete datasheets :-/
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Re: How to open your scroll

Postby Fraz » January 25th, 2011, 2:42 am

Quality report on the "internals" of the scroll, but lets not forget we have a relatively cheap android device, its one thing to mess with the firmware but to mess with the hardware ?????? Although the results would be interesting i very much doubt that the majority of members would have the knowledge let alone the guts to tinker with soldering irons. Having said that your investigations are valuable to the forum so please dont be put off. Stick in Jimmy.....
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Re: How to open your scroll

Postby mojo » January 25th, 2011, 3:36 am

back in the day i had an I-Mate JAM smartphone with 64mb ram 8-)
a few months later I-Mate released a 128mb JAM :roll:
thanks to a genius on the XDA-forums who got handy with a soldering iron and posted a complete guide on how to replace the lowly 64 with the later 128 chip i got my first taste of hardware modding a smartphone :)

man i felt so cool after completing the conversion :lol:

i'm well up for delving into the scrolls hardware, i dont see it any more challenging then modding my Eeepc, but despite having been doing this for several years, my soldering skills still suck :lol:

should be interesting...but then it all depends on the simplicity/difficulty of the mods...as jimmyW said, turning the camera around to a rear-facing camera could be a very simple mod to do, and very, very effective...
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