We've all been there. Invert. Jiggle. Shake. Slap. Nothing. When a Furby goes comatose, there seems to be no hope of getting him or her awakened. This Instructable will show the steps to take Furby apart and push start him back to life. This has worked on my own two so far and will likely work for yours, as this seems to be a common problem. After a lot of experimenting and battery changes, I determined the cause for this state is improper parking of the motor that drives furby's mechanisms. Just like a fine industrial robot, Furby cannot start his program properly unless he is parked in the home position. Read on and be sure to look at the photos, and hopefully bring your old friend back to life!

To do this instructable you will need:

A comatose furby (won't wake up or reset)
A hobby knife
A small phillips screwdriver
A small flat screwdriver
A hot glue gun and glue stick
A sewing needle
Thread to match the color of the back of furbys ears.
4 Fresh AA batteries

Step 1: Check Furby's Vitals.

First before continuing on, if you haven't done so insert fresh new batteries into Furby, turn him upside down and press the little reset button on the bottom. If this doesn't wake him, remove the batteries, and secure the battery door so it's not in your way. Now check the base of the furby and note it's position. If properly parked, furby should be leaning forward as to sleep. If the base isn't extended from Furby's bottom, this Instructable is for you. Toh Loh is a Rainbow Furby. After an extended period of storage, he has entered the comatose state. Note his position sitting flat on the table. Also note the dazed and confused look on his face. (Yes, I'm looking for his other eyelash).
Got it ... But all I hear is gears moving can hardly hear the little thing talk.... Not as cool as I remember them to be .
I can not take the fur off . I even cracked the plastic trying !!! HELP
Thank you for the guide! Both of my Furbies made a full recovery! They thank you too! :D
<p>I bought my crystal furby on ebay just before easter and now after what I thought needed new batteries, it wakes up, says something and falls asleep with no mechanics working , mouth doesn't move . I took fur off but the body seems to have a silver foil all around it so I'm afraid to go any further :-( . If only there were furby fixers to do it here.</p>
<p>believe name is Toh Loo Ka. Been asleep for 15 years and daughter now 32 is thrilled to have her son meet her. Thanks</p>
<p>I would like to know your process for taking and posting such excellent photos.. Thank you.. Now if you have any idea how to fix talking Pee Wee Herman :)</p>
<p>Hi, Our 1999 Graduate Furby's eyes don't open. Otherwise it works perfectly (little noisy:-)))) </p><p>Should I try to open them with force? </p><p>Thank you....</p>
All of our Furbys' eyelids work off a friction type connection and can be easily moved by hand. However I would think they should realign themselves to be able to open on their own after some use. You could try to gently move them. I wouldnt hesitate with our Furbys but none of ours have been to college so i dont know if the graduate Furby is made the same lol. Good luck!
<p>Hi, thank you for your reply. I used screwdriver and had to<br>force it open but it works now perfectly. Thank you so much!!!</p>
<p>Hello, I have a gremlin furby that is stuck. This furby has arms that move so I can't pull the fur up like a regular furby. Any ideas?</p>
I haven't seen the ones with arms so I'm not sure. When did they grow arms?
<p>&quot;Gizmo&quot; furby was a special edition released by Tiger electronics back around 1999 or 2000. I figured out how to get into mine by undoing the seam down the back and had to cut the zip tie to be able to get the &quot;arms&quot; out. The arms are flexible wires that you can bend back out of the fur and then proceed as above. The body and &quot;innards&quot; are otherwise identical to a regular furby. Seems a little more destructive and will take more work to put him back together, but I couldn't figure out another way. Unfortunately I couldn't get mine &quot;woken up&quot; from his coma. :( I think he's really and truly dead. I've added some pictures in case anyone else has a Gizmo they need to get into.</p>
Thank you, it worked!
Your welcome glad to help!
<p>help! fixed one furby but the the other one (which was fine before) started making a buzzing sound - no movement either. i have taken him apart, tried the jump start (white gear is in the down position already) turned &amp; turned the black gear (to the right) but all he does is BUZZ! any suggestions???</p>
<p>I'll paste this here too in case others are following....</p><p>Sad to hear about your troubled Furby. Can you tell if the buzzing is coming from the speaker or the motor? That may provide a clue. I've never had one do that before. It's been a while since I've done open part surgery on these critters so I can't remember if the speaker plugs in or if it's soldered to the board. If it's a plug you may try very gently unplugging it and see if it still buzzes. Obviously if it buzzes with the speaker unhooked then it's something in the motor. If it's the speaker buzzing that doesn't sound good, maybe something wrong with the board.</p>
<p>thanks, but i am fairly sure it is not just the speaker. the speaker is soldered in but furby just buzzes now. he does not move at all. i have tried to push start him with no luck. if you have any other suggestion for freeing up his motor, they would be appreciated!</p>
<p>Hi, my furby battery terminal have already corroded. how to fix it? </p>
Thank you so much, this worked beautifully. Furby was so happy to come back from the dead!
<p>Hardest part for me is sewing the ears back on. I stink at sewing. Even something as simple as this is.</p>
<p>This works perfectly! Thank you! I have been able to resurrect several Furbies this way. If your Furby will move, but not speak, you have a bad speaker and may need to find a donor. I did this for Toh-Loo.</p>
dude you are a hero got it on eBay for 19.99 and it didn't work but when I did what you told us it work really good man
<p>I'm not sure my comments posted. I need help witht the oral skills. I was able to get the motor skills working great. Thanks for the good tutorial.</p>
<p>My furby moves but doesn't speak. I put fresh batteries in him and tried resetting him, but still no sound other than the mechanical sounds when he moves. Any ideas on how to fix this?</p>
Looks like ill have to do some more open part surgery on another Furby and show where the speaker wires are soldered onto the board for future reference. Seems there are a lot of mute Furbys out there....
<p>How long do I have to rotate?</p>
Sorry for the slow reply its been awhile. I just rotated with the batteries in until Furby wakes up. Then pull the batteries to reassemble (after you play with him without his skin for awhile, of course you want to watch it all work)<br>
<p>ahoy lambsb</p><p>&gt;shopping at salvation army with 8 yr old neice</p><p>&gt;find loose furby for $1</p><p>&gt;doesnt work.jpg</p><p>&gt;knew some people had furby fixin skills on interwebs</p><p>&gt;google.com</p><p>&gt;found ur site</p><p>&gt;PROFIT !!!</p><p>thnx a lot / getting ziptie ring back on is most difficult part of this repair (!)</p>
I have a Shelby which after sitting in the closet for a couple of years, has lost its voice. I put new batteries in it, and its parts all seem to move OK. But when its mouth moves, no voice. I'm trying to get the top shell off to see the innards but one screw is stuck. Can somebody give me some advice on how to get the shell off, assuming that is the correct pathway to the speaker and connections? Any advice on getting my Shelby's voice back will be appreciated.
<p>Did you ever figure this out? I am having the same problem with mine. I haven't taken him apart, I'm not sure what to do!</p>
<p>I tried it with mine and had the same problem as you did. I opened the front bit, where the stomach sensor is. The speaker is behind that. Sadly, my speaker's copper wire has sort of snapped off from the circuitry and I can't do much about it for the moment.</p>
<p>This was one GREAT tutorial. I bought my 8 year old a 1998 Christmas Furby brand new, never opened. Paid $20 for it on Ebay. Got it and it didn't work. Got a refund but the seller said they didn't want it back since it didn't work. I figured &quot;What have I got to lose?&quot; He's alive and well now and back in his original box, ready for Christmas morning! Instructables, YOU SAVED THE DAY!!!!!</p>
He does speak a little, but then the engines stop again mid sentences and he's once again dead. I keep turning and turning the little wheel, he speaks a little, then stops again! The batteries are fresh outta the package. Help :(
<p>This really works. I did not play with Furby for 12 years and he came back to life. Just keep turning and turning the horizontal gear to the right. It may take a long time, but eventually it will begin to work. Too much fun!!</p>
<p>I might have to test this when I get my vintage Furby - thanks!</p>
<p>wow I also got mine at a gsale for 25cents my thoughts were to sell it on ebay, I've never had a furby and was looking for the &quot;on&quot; switch, ha! anyways did what you said it's now working and I will try to flip it on ebay doesn't matter how much as I only spent that 25 cents! thanks for the great instructions!</p>
<p>I followed the instructions, turned the gear several upon several times and all I got was some movement out of the mouth, eyes and ears but it never kicked on... HELP!! I'd love to have my old buddy back</p>
<p>Getting ready for a yard sale and found an old Furby. I thought he was a gone for good. But with your instructions and a little patience he worked. Of course I have no idea what he says or what he does. I never had one. Guess that is next thing I have to look up. Thanks you for the instuctions </p>
<p>This worked for two dead furbies! Note: thought it wasnt working, then put a new set of batteries in and it started up. The frozen furby had drained a new set of batteries in a week in its frozen state. So just a heads up to start this procedure with a new set of batteries. </p>
Will this work for a comatose Baby Furby?
<p>Yes, it does. My 2 baby furbies that were comatose finally woke up! :) It works just the same!</p>
Not sure about the baby furby, I think they don't have a moving base. I believe my little girl has one I'll take a look at it and get back. <br>
<p>Thank you SOOO much! My baby furbies work again after 15 years! I had to re-seam everything but the work great!</p>
I followed it to the tea. And it worked perfectly.
<p>Hi I tried turning the horizontal small black gear in the front on the right.Furby's eye's opened&amp;closed,mouth open&amp;closed,ears moved while I was turning the gear,but Furby didn't come back to life,Help!!!Please E-mail me,and suggest what I should do <a href="mailto:batmancrowned@yahoo.com,Thank" rel="nofollow">batmancrowned@yahoo.com,Thank</a> You.</p>
Fantastic instructions. We bought a 1998 furby in the box for $2 from a thrift store. Instructions included. Your repair brought that little sucker back to life. My 2 year old daughter is going to love this when she sees it in the morning. The hardest part was getting the zip tie back over the base. I almost wish I just snipped it, reattached a new one, and sewed it back closed. Thanks for the great info.
Thank you so much! Furby is back in working order now.
Fantastic!! My sisters 1st gen Furby revived after following your instructions! <br>I had to cut the plastic cable wrapper to skin it, but just replaced it, so our Furby - and 6-year old - is happy now :-) Thank you for an excellent instruction. <br> T
Thank you so much :) I was able to wake up a sweet white comatose furby bought on ebay listed &quot;Broken-for parts!!&quot; He's awake, feeling fine and grateful that he wasn't scrapped for parts ;)

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