Users Report Problems with NR Series MS Slot
Since Sony released the NR series a few months ago, some users have begun to have problems with its Memory Stick slot. They report that after owning the NR70 or NR70V for a few weeks, it will occasionally lose contact with the Memory Stick on the slot.
When it first begins to happen, this will be be a momentary problem. This means that the user will be doing something unrelated to the Memory Stick when it will suddenly beep like it has been ejected, then beep again and the application launcher will open as if a Memory Stick had been reinserted .
Some users have reported that the problem became progressively worse until the unit would no longer read any Memory Stick or even acknowledge that one had been inserted.
The NR70 series units with this problem should be reported to Sony's Technical Support people. After they have confirmed that it isn't a software problem, Sony will replace the unit. Depending on their policies, some stores will also accept them as returns and exchanges.
However, for those who willing to accept that this will totally and utterly void their warranty, individual users can fix this problem themselves. It appears that the problem is caused by the contacts in the slot no longer coming into contact with the ones on the Memory Stick. Opening the back of the handheld and putting a small piece of paper on top of the Memory Stick slot housing will put a small bit of pressure on it, bringing the contacts together. Again, opening the casing of the handheld will completely void its warranty.
Sony didn't respond to questions about this issue in time for this report.
Thanks to Reggie from ClieSource for first bringing this to my attention. -Ed
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