How to Fix the Joystick Button on Your Zen V MP3 Player




Please bear with me, as this is my first instructable.

You will need:

Super glue
Coffee straw
Small flat-head screw driver

This instructable will show you one way to fix the joystick button on your Zen V MP3 player after it has cracked and broken into pieces, leaving you with just a small, sunken-in, square peg which is very hard to reach with your thumb.

Step 1: Prying Off the Faceplates

Start at the left side of the player witht he screen at the top.
Hook your thumb nail under the lip of the primary faceplate (white) and gently pry it up.
The red line is actually the secondary faceplate that is exposed from behind the primary faceplate.

Then do the same for the secondary faceplate (red. You might need a small flat-head screw driver to pry it up.

Step 2: Modifying the Joystick Button

Now cut a section of coffee stirrer straw about a 1/4-inch long and a piece of eraser or some "rubbery" matter slightly shorter that the straw to fit inside the straw.

Add some super glue to the inside of the straw. Careful not to get it on you, laytex gloves work great to avoid glue on your skin.

Slide the piece or pieces of eraser into the straw.

Put a drop of super glue on the end of the straw/eraser assembly and stick it to the button, allowing the straw to go all the way down to the base. This is why the eraser needs to be slightly shorter so that it doesn't stick up pass the top of the straw.

Step 3: Re-assembly

After the glue has dried, simply snap the faceplates back on in the opposite order, right to left.
Voila! you can use the joystick again!



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    14 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for this instructable! My joystick was broken too and I needed to know how to open the player without damaging it. I fixed the joystick by gluing the two pieces together with second glue.

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    Do you mean "songs"? If so you can do it in many ways. One way is to use the creative labs software that came with it. Another way, (the one I use) is simply syncing it in windows media player. Hope that helps.

    I use the usb cable that came with it at home and I use my usb cable from my canon digital camera at work because they have the same style port.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    cool idea, but may i suggest epoxy instead of super glue? super glue has a nasty habit of spreading funky white residue over things near it as it dries, and it just doesnt seem like a good thing to have inside your zen... also epoxy is way stronger and lasts longer.

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Very useful , And nice Player ,
    I have a suggestion By the way , it's just kind of hard to see some things out of focus , i suggest to use the Macro or Manual Focus Function of your Digi Cam just to improve the perspective of things