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Old 01-27-2007, 07:09 PM
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I had a look around the site and downloaded a few themes, loving that stuff.

Anyway Iíve had my Sansa for about 5 days now and itís fantastic, the only gripe I have is the wheel it just feels crap so I was wondering if anyone knew if it was possible to replace it with maybe a smoother surface, (still transparent).

Iím going to have a think about this myself; I just wanted to put the feelers out to see if anyone was thinking the same?

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Old 02-02-2007, 06:19 AM
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i dont think so... whats bad about the whhell of the sansa? that player is perfect and amazing!!!
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Old 02-02-2007, 04:40 PM
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That is a common complaint that the wheel feels cheap, I don't think that there is anything one can do but I would love to hear some theories, like making a mold from the old one and make a polyethlyene copy of it or something like that?
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Anyone watch mythbusters? They have some stuff that you can use to make positive side molds with (same stuff that sex toys are made out of)

I wonder if that would help it out any
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Old 02-02-2007, 05:30 PM
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Hi all first time poster.

I had a look around the site and downloaded a few themes, loving that stuff.

Anyway Iíve had my Sansa for about 5 days now and itís fantastic, the only gripe I have is the wheel it just feels crap so I was wondering if anyone knew if it was possible to replace it with maybe a smoother surface, (still transparent).

Iím going to have a think about this myself; I just wanted to put the feelers out to see if anyone was thinking the same?

Cheers

Ginge.
personaly I like the feel of the wheel as is but. If you wanted to void your warrenty . its easy to remove then make a mod of it and cast another wheel out of what ever you want to make it out of then shape it how you like ...
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Old 02-03-2007, 12:11 PM
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i think u can scratck it with a knife until it will be smoothly lol!!!
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Old 02-03-2007, 12:17 PM
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Yeah, I dont think it would be hard to replace.
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Old 02-04-2007, 07:27 AM
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i didnt said to replace i said to scratch!!
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That is a common complaint that the wheel feels cheap, I don't think that there is anything one can do but I would love to hear some theories, like making a mold from the old one and make a polyethlyene copy of it or something like that?
Buy a broken one from e-bay, make a mold and give it a try, sounds like a great idea. Iíve seen polyethylene resin cans in marine stores you can buy, but I think that might dry some what hard. Personally Iíve gotten use to mine the way it is.
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i think u can scratck it with a knife until it will be smoothly lol!!!
If youíre willing to go at it with a knife, you might want to try to remove it and use wet very smooth sandpaper first.
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Old 02-04-2007, 09:17 AM
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If you make a completely smooth wheel, how in the heck are you going to turn it? I can't imagine turning it without the grip; it can definitely be too stiff at times.
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If the wheelís surface was made as soft as silicon in nature it would work, but ware out soon.
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:44 AM
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The scroll wheel, as well as the buttons, are held in place by a metal plate inside the front cover.

Eight plastic pins of the front cover goes through eight holes of that metal plate. These pins have been melted to hold that plate in place, so this assembly is permanent. The pins must be broken to remove the plate. This can easily be done, but the only way I can see to re-attach the metal plate would be glueing, and since the buttons and wheel are very close, this might be very tricky...

I wish good luck to anyone who want to replace the wheel and still have a functional Sansa.
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Old 02-05-2007, 08:11 PM
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Talking simple way

Just try to put a small silicon line onto the little bump.

It will soften it and no problem with the warranty because you just have to tear it off before return

And if id old only a week don't care a clear silicone tube (bathroom one) is only 10 $...
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If you're saying you want the rotation to be smoother, that's not possible, but the surface can be made smoother I bet by getting a strong sander and sanding down on it really hard till it's smooth. Just do it evenly.
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Old 03-24-2007, 08:03 PM
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Get a blank bse, cut it into a circle, and put that on.
I have no idea what the sansa is like, im just putting this out here.
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Has anyone looked at the e280 - notice a few days ago that the wheel is a bit different 'like it was sanded down or the nubs were cut off'. I think that it is alot better navigating and feel that the other models so I bought it today for $139.00 at Costco.
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i dont think so... whats bad about the whhell of the sansa? that player is perfect and amazing!!!
Not perfect, but close to.
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Thatīs right.Not that player is amazing, the e280 is amazing .
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I've had my sansa for about 3 weeks. I love it. But...I didn't like the wheel before I bought it and still don't. The problem to me is that it stands up too high. It seems to be close to 1 mm too far off the surface. What that does is it interferes with the functions of the buttons around it. To access them you must shift from the pad of your thumb to the tip. To do that for the inside button you must curl you thumb rather awkwardly why also maintaining a grip on the player with your fingers. You hand winds up in sort of a tense, uncomfortable claw shape.
It occurs to me that if one can't reduce the wheel, perhaps you could build up the other buttons. One thing I did with my old Rio (32 meg!) was to put a drop of black gasket glue on the volume up button. Sort of a Braille. That way I could tell the buttons apart without looking while working out. It stayed on for 3 years of use.

Alternatively, while I wouldn't want to sand the wheel down, perhaps one could melt it into a new flatter shape with a custom tip soldering iron. I believe sanding it would introduce too much vibration into the unit.
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