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03-29-2006, 01:11 PM
I have a M1400 that is a few years old. The pen has been loose for a while in the pen slot. I have used scotch tape and rubber bands with poor success. Recently I broke my pen and purchased a new one through Motion. I figured the new pen pen would somehow fit better....nope. I already have a Cross Pen I sometimes use but I actually do like the stock pen with a spring nib better.
I searched the forum quickly but didn't find anything.
Anyone got a tip for me?
03-29-2006, 01:15 PM
i have the same problem--the funny thing is mine was working one minute and ,poof the next it didn't--i asked for answers but no one replied ...maybe we will have some help this time---they haven't let me down yet on here!!!
03-30-2006, 10:16 AM
Sadly, there is no easy solution. As you've seen, it's just wear in the slot that causes the pen to be loose. I used the tape method with a lot of success, but I don't know of a better answer.
03-30-2006, 11:20 AM
Thanks for the replies....anyone else got a solution?
03-31-2006, 04:04 PM
i can't see how wear affected mine----it was like there one minute, and the next it would just fall out---i was actually thinking it may have a magnet or something in the sleeve.....respectfully, paul
03-31-2006, 05:23 PM
Maybe you could try a very thin coat of a 5 minute epoxy type resin to the stylus (staying well away from the clicking parts of your stylus). Look to apply to an area of the pen that has longitudinal scratches (to indicate that it is an area that is touching the sides of the stylus slot when inserted. That type of expoxy usually hardens pretty well and could be gently sanded until you got the fit you wanted.
04-01-2006, 03:21 AM
Good grief, it's nice to see the helpful suggestions here, kudos to all, but it seems odd that this kind of thing should be necessary at all. I mean with all the engineering that goes into a $3000 tablet, isn't it reasonable to expect the pen to stay put for the lifetime of the tablet?
04-02-2006, 10:38 AM
When I got my new and unused M1400VA last September I was surprised that the pen had a rough non reflective texture all over. Now 7 months later, the same pen lost all the rough feeling, gone is the non reflective surface and it looks all shiny and polished now. Why? what happened to the pen's surface? Is touching it without gloves doing weird stuff to the plastic surface? Mine still stays inside, hopefully for the rest of it's life.
For all the desperate cases out there, tech4less sells new ones for the M1400 about 11 $ a piece.
Well I lost two rubber feet already and the wireless antenna cover is scratched very badly and has a crack in it (no I did never drop my M1400 nor did I bump it, the crack came from putting on the cover!).
Oh and the paint on my power switch is coming off, too. This all looks so cheap :-(
Well I suppose some things aren't meant to stay shiny, except for those M1400 pens.
04-02-2006, 12:54 PM
I think I got a loose pen solution! I had a self adhessive 3M green felt pad that I bought to stick on the bottom of something so it would not scratch a coffee table. Needless to say I slightly folded the circular "dot" (it is like 7mm in diameter) to get it in the pen slot. It stuck to the "back wall" of the slot near the opening. It provides just enough friction to hold my pen securly. As it is stuck to the computer and not the pen itself, it doesn't bother my fingers or mess up the asthetics (professionalism) of the pen. I am happy. It cost about $4 for a 20 pack of dots....
see similar prodect in picture
04-02-2006, 06:56 PM
Isn't there a pen tether (ie a piece of gray string) that comes with Motion Tablets? I've never used mine, but at least you'd know the loose pen wouldn't stray too far.
04-02-2006, 09:53 PM
It is the opposite problem with the LS800 if you leave the pen in it's slot whilst its plugged in it seems to get cooked and swells, then it sticks in the slot, Motion has provided a new pen that rectifies this problem, so just a suggestion if the 1400 gets hot whilst plugged in maybe it will affect the pen in the same way?
12-26-2007, 03:28 AM
I opened my M1400 to fix the power plug. The mechanism that holds the pen in place is a simple plastic part that holds the pen where the groove is. Some sort of spring like principle. Good in theory but not well thought through. If that plastic part wears out by removing the pen and insertirg it, the pen is not held tight inside any more.
12-26-2007, 05:34 AM
If you ever need a replacement, the Fujitsu pens fit and they have an eraser. The stick out a little bit but not so much as to get in the way.
01-13-2008, 09:08 AM
I opened my M1400 to fix the power plug.
What issues were you having with your power plug ?
I have an m1300....the pen does require a wrap of tape on the upper part of the barrel to stay in the slot.
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