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MX-980 Hard Buttons Going Bad - Potential Fix
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Post 1 made on Tuesday February 2, 2021 at 10:28
shokwaverider
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History: We repair and refurbish URC remotes as well as programming and selling them.

I have had a few customers send us remotes lately that have bad buttons, the 980 seems really prone to this issue. At first we thought that it may be an electronic issue, but it turned out to be that the carbon film on the buttons wears out. Sad really.

This does NOT happen with the later (Post 40000 serials) 880 as it has a membrane over the buttons that helps against corrosion and wear. Such a great design that made this remote almost bulletproof. It is our favorite URC remote if you cannot tell :).

Anyway we found a company (P1Repair) that sells Carbon "Dots" that can be placed over the circuit board etching that emulates the button itself. We use 4mm Dots. The offending button(s) then become simply mechanical as they are on the membraned 880s. I hope this post helps other repair shops.
Post 2 made on Thursday February 4, 2021 at 19:20
KenSmith58
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Thanks for the link but there is nothing for the MX-980.
Post 3 made on Thursday February 4, 2021 at 19:20
KenSmith58
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Thanks for the link but there is nothing for the MX-980.
Post 4 made on Thursday February 4, 2021 at 21:39
buzz
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While there is no formal kit, you could repair individual buttons.
OP | Post 5 made on Friday February 5, 2021 at 10:46
shokwaverider
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"Thanks for the link but there is nothing for the MX-980."

No but we use individual "dots" to repair the offending buttons. Very easy. You do not need a special kit.
Post 6 made on Monday March 1, 2021 at 01:59
KenSmith58
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Tried the carbon dot on the "ON" button. Didn't work. I think the ON button is defective.
OP | Post 7 made on Saturday March 6, 2021 at 10:11
shokwaverider
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On March 1, 2021 at 01:59, KenSmith58 said...
Tried the carbon dot on the "ON" button. Didn't work. I think the ON button is defective.

Another thing that goes wrong is the very small trace on the pcb breaks. We have fixed a few. If only one button is bad, it is not the electronics as 4 buttons are linked to one point on the decoder chip. Unfortunately we are not fans of the 980 as it is very poorly constructed.
Post 8 made on Saturday April 17, 2021 at 19:33
MrVideo
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I must be lucky, as my MX-980, which I bought used, has not had any button issues (knock on wood).


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