Please Help: Hip Gear problem SNESp almost done

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Please Help: Hip Gear problem SNESp almost done

Post by electromaster64 » Mon Jan 02, 2006 12:34 am

I am finishing up my SNESp and had planned to finish it this week but I broke what I think is the volume pentometer (or whatever it is called) on my Hip Gear. The knob is the one with a bunch of connector pins. Right now my case design is dependent upon me finding a knob that is the same so I can glue the black hipgear knob to it so I can have the 4 knobs on the front of my case. I could always have a fake knob on the front for looks and put a different volume knob somewhere else. Where can I find a replacement and what should I get. Thanks a ton guys.
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Post by *o* » Mon Jan 02, 2006 2:40 am

look at places like radio shack see it they have knobs (he he i made a funny!)...if not try making one out of black plastic or a small piece of particle board sprayed black
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Post by electromaster64 » Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:37 am

I am not looking for the actual knob but the electronic component that controlls the volume. I think it is called a pentometer or something.
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Post by xTheLostx » Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:43 am

Do a search online for potentiometers or variable resistors.

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Post by Radon199 » Mon Jan 02, 2006 11:08 am

You can probobly just go out and get one of those crappy kids mini radios and steal a pentometer out of them eather from the volume wheel or the tuner wheel. Not sure if it would work but hey it's worth a shot.
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Post by electromaster64 » Mon Jan 02, 2006 9:05 pm

I have looked at radioshack but I have no idea what to get. Could someone give me a specific item number or something?
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Post by xTheLostx » Mon Jan 02, 2006 9:41 pm

well, i believe you would have to find the value of the pot first.

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Post by electromaster64 » Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:11 pm

How do I do that? There is nothing written on it and I tried measuring K ohms with my multi-meter but nothing happened.
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Post by marshallh » Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:21 pm

Just a rough guess it could be either a 5k or 10k ohms pot. Turn your multimeter to the Ohms symbol (upside down U with tails) and try different contacts on the pot and move it around a bit.
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Post by timmeh87 » Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:42 pm

if its for volume, get a logarithmic pot, rather than a linear pot. otherwise your knob will act 'strangely'
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Post by electromaster64 » Tue Jan 03, 2006 2:03 pm

My multi-meter won't give me a reading off of it. I went to radioshack and all of their pots had 3 connectors the one on my hipgear has 5. I may just finish my SNESp with no sound if I can't find any way to fix it.
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Post by Kurt_ » Tue Jan 03, 2006 3:03 pm

Perhaps 2 are ground?
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Post by usbcd36 » Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:24 pm

Actually, I believe it's a stereo pot. You unfortunately won't find them at the big RS, but you might be able to locate one on Digikey pretty easily.

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Post by Gamelver » Tue Jan 03, 2006 6:10 pm

RS sucks for parts, everyone knows that :P...
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Post by timmeh87 » Tue Jan 03, 2006 7:06 pm

you could replace it with a pot, AND wire a separate pot for the other channel... it would make it annoying to change the volume. lol
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