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Great Monitor with one Major Flaw
on March 3, 2012
When I first looked at this product, I thought this thing is going to be excellent. We have a Samsung TV and it is a great piece of equipment. Got it home, opened the box, tested out the camera and the connection to the television which is awesome by the way, and everything worked fine. Then came time to install it which went okay, make sure to do this in a ventilated room as you will adjust how high you will mount the camera on the wall to have a good wide shot of the crib which can a workout on its own, but other then that, install was not a problem. I did notice during install that the monitor was vibrating quite a bit because of the noise I was making while installing. I thought that this is probably just because of how close I am and I should be able to shut this vibration feature off. I was totally wrong. You cannot get rid of this alarm/vibration function even if you have the monitor picture on at all times. my wife likes to have a constant view of the baby because she has a medical condition where we have to monitor her breathing a little more closely than normal. I turned the sensitivity dial all the way down and that did nothing. As babies will do, they will cry out in the middle of the night, but put themselves back to sleep. We do not need our tables, or bed vibrating every time the baby cries out. This should be a function that has a third option in the menu, and that is "NEVER." I had thrown out the box and everything, so I could not return the unit and pick a different one, so I did the next thing I could think of.... Open up the device and disable the vibration. I will detail the instructions on how to do this below this paragraph... Read through all of it before starting!! This will void your warranty as a warning.
1. Mini screw driver, unscrew 4 screws on back of monitor. Do not lose any screws!!
2. Keep track of the buttons on the side, they easily fall off, but are not that bad to put back on.
3. The vibration device is underneath the motherboard which looks overwhelming I know, but this can be done.
4. The lights that show device to be on, are attached on the inside and need to be removed before lifting up mother board. (I learned this, the hard way)
5. MAKE SURE NOT TO STRETCH THE SCREEN TOO FAR FROM THE BASE AS THIS COULD RUIN THE UNIT ENTIRELY. There is a thin film that connects the screen to the base, plus a wire that connects to the microphone on the screen part. BE CAREFUL!
6. Take a smaller sized flat head screw driver and slowly pry the mother board up on the opposite side of the antenna
DO THIS SLOWLY AND ALTERNATE THE SPOTS YOU LIFT UP.
7. The glue that holds will release it up eventually. Also, the rubber pad that is for the front monitor buttons may fall out, but that is easy to put back in.
8. Make sure you have a good pair of small scissors. There are black and red wires which lead to circular looking device and a pair of black and red wires leading to the another object that has an odd look to it, almost rectangular. THIS IS THE VIBRATION DEVICE> You can snip these red and black wires, and this will disable the vibration for the device.
9. You can press back down on the motherboard, but please make sure you are not pressing down on sensitive spots for obvious reasons. Also, make sure the corner of the motherboard by the antenna is under neath the metal spring before closing up. The motherboard should snap back into place a little.
10. Make sure the switch for the power button is lined up to switch the device back on. Next, while holding the motherboard down, replace the power light, and charging light plastic cover.
11. while holding the motherboard down, put the white buttons back into position, which like I said, is not that bad, but sometimes the slightest move and they will fall back out of place.
12. Once you have the buttons in and the motherboard is securely down, it is time to replace the screen. Do this slowly and methodically, because again, you could knock the white buttons out which is a pain in the rear and make you start over.
13. The screen part will snap a little into place, once you have it lined up right. Start SCREWING!!
14. Tighten the screws down, and you should be done.
Side Note: The covers that cover the SD slot and the inputs for charging and AV, may fall out when you take this stuff apart, but they are easy to put back in.
I hope this helps anyone who decides to stick with this monitor, because this monitor is awesome now that I have no more vibration. I can keep the volume up and everything. I give it a three for making me take an hour to disable the vibration through trial and error, but hopefully my trial and error will make it easier for you. Leave a comment if this helped you! Sorry I did not take a video of it. My wife was too nervous for me to do this, so she wouldn't do it. Maybe I will just take it apart one day and take a video of it, so I can actually show everyone how to disable the vibration.