[access-uk] Re: Unstable Volume Controls

  • From: "Darren Brewer" <darren.m.brewer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 19:46:21 +0100

Hi Darren

Actually I put the wrong model, my creative speakers are also the 3330, so you 
definitely have the same problem I did.

Just be careful when you pull the knob off the volume control as a plastic ring 
that secures the knob in place will also come off too. 
Once you gain access to the insides you will find the potentiometer which has a 
small plastic shaft and a metal base. If you feel around the base, or maybe you 
can see a bit? You will find a small opening. I think it is opposite where the 
lead goes into the control unit. You must spray a bit of WD40 into this 
opening. You will need to attach the thin plastic tube to the WD40 nozzle 
first. Give the shaft a turn backwards and forwards to work the WD40 around 
inside and use a tissue or something to wipe any excess off.

Push the knob back onto the shaft and replace the plastic ring, it will clip 
back into place once you have it orientated correctly.

Hope that helps.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Darran Ross 
  To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Saturday, May 24, 2008 4:31 PM
  Subject: [access-uk] Re: Unstable Volume Controls 

  Hi Darren.

  I've just read this with interest as it was me who was having the kind of 
problem you described. And, more intriguingly, I to am using Creative Labs 
speakers, I-Treague 3330 in my case.

  My sound was rising a dropping a little on some occasions after I adjusted 
the volume, just as you explained, so its away now to root out that can of WD40 
that I know is kicking about somewhere!

  Thanks for the info. I'll definitely be giving this a go.


    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Darren Brewer 
    To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Friday, May 23, 2008 2:11 PM
    Subject: [access-uk] Unstable Volume Controls 

    Hi All

    I seem to remember that a week or so ago somebody posted a message about 
their volume level going up and down by itself.

    Well I've had the same annoying problem for a while now and although I knew 
what the problem might be down to I just never got around to fixing it. 
    However, yesterday I finally thought it was about time to do something.

    My speaker system is the Creative I trigue 2200 which has two small 
speakers and a base unit which everything plugs into. There is a separate 
volume control which plugs into the bass unit. This control has a large knob 
for altering the volume and a small thumb wheel to vary the bass.  

    I was a bit apprehensive about opening up the volume control unit as it 
didn't have any screws to undo and I didn't want to damage it as it would 
render the speakers useless.  Often with volume knobs there is a small screw in 
the side that holds the knob onto the potentiometer shaft, but this wasn't the 
case. Instead I just pulled the knob up and it came off together with a small 
plastic ring that clips into place. Luckily nothing broke and I was able to 
gain access to it's insides.

    Having worked as an electronics designer I knew that the volume is 
controlled by something called a potentiometer or variable resistor.  These are 
what you turn when you alter the volume on a lot of hifi equipment. They are 
vary simple in how they work, but because you have two surfaces in contact, one 
of which moves over the other when you turn the dial, they can get a bit dirty, 
or grease can build up which interferes with the contact.

    These components come in two types, linear or logarithmic. You can tell one 
type from another because with linear volume controls the volume increases 
steadily as you turn the dial. In a linear fashion. So turning the volume half 
way would increase it by half. However with logarithmic controls, the volume 
increases much more rapidly. Both types work in the same way. As you turn the 
dial one piece of copper is moved across another piece, this either increases 
or decreases the electrical resistance, which in turn increases or decreases 
the volume level.

    So if you get a volume control that crackles or jumps or even varies up and 
down by itself. Then it probably has some dirt inside. the simple solution is 
to spray a cleaner of some sort inside the actual component itself. I happened 
to have some WD40 and this worked a treat.  The volume level can now be varied 
exactly and it doesn't change by itself anymore.

    Obviously if you are going to do anything like this you must disconnect the 
device from the mains and only use a little cleaner. WD40 does the job, but PCB 
cleaner, available from Maplin would also do the trick.

    I don't know if the person who posted has the same problem I did, but if 
they try this it might just fix it.

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