Fixing Samsung SPF-83V left/right buttons

Samsung spf-83v buttons connectorI like this photo frame alot! Samsung SPF-83V not only does have excellent 800×600 resolution, but it also supports content retrieval from other computers and directly from the Internet RSS channels via WiFi. Of course it is not perfect, it is not the easiest photo frame to set up, all content retrieval technologies are Microsoft-oriented, but the most frustrating feature is that for some reason Left and Right buttons are reversed!! Why would anyone do that I have no clue. Here is how to fix the problem.

As usually let me warn you that by doing the procedure explained below you’re most probably voiding the warranty. I haven’t seen any labels I broke by doing this surgery to the frame, but you’re about to do the operation at your own risk. I’m just sharing my experience, and you’re taking full responsibility for your actions.

  1. Unscrew two screws hidden beneath the memory cards slots. You don’t need to take out cover for that, just use long enough screwdriver.
  2. Apply brute force to detach the read parts of the frame from the front part. There are several latches that keep them togather. I was able to do that using just fingers, but this is not an easy thing to do. You can use a wooden stick to help yourself.
  3. After detaching the rear cover you will see a wide ribbon of wires that connects buttons block to the main board. Find wires 6 and 7 counting from blue wire (the blue wire is #1, not #0).
  4. Disconnect the ribbon connector from the button block. Use a needle to lift plastic latches in the connector and pull out wires #6 and #7. Swap them, insert them back into the connector and push the plastic latches on the connector down so they keep the wires in place.
  5. Insert the connector back into the button block, poweron the frame and check that all buttons are working properly.
  6. After you made sure everything is alright reassemble the frame. Mission accomplished.

A few interesting facts about the frame:

  • Open browser, enter this URL: http://<your_photo_frame_ip_address>:5050/images/nowplaying.jpg. You will see the currently displayed image.
  • The photoframe actually has two standard USB host connectors. The USB wifiadapter is inserted into the internal connector under the metal cover. I think it is generic enough to be used with a PC for instance.
  • The photoframe is actuially an almost fully-functional computer running Windows CE 5.0. It starts a program (called imdframe.exe) after boot that does all the stuff you can see on the screen. This program runs all the time and hides all windows internals from you. BTW, technically it is possible to run linux on this device. Why did Samsung chose windows?!

And now a few illustrations….
This image shows the connector with wires #6 and #7 swapped. The entire procedure takes about 15 minutes (if you know what wires to swap).

Samsung spf-83v buttons connector
Samsung spf-83v buttons connector

This is the mainboard of the photo frame. In the top left corner you can see the wifi adapter inserted into a generic USB port. If you don’t need wifi you can take the adapter out and insert a flash drive there.

Samsung SPF-83V photo frame main board
Samsung SPF-83V photo frame main board

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