Fixing Your Cobalt Flux
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Should the Cobalt Flux ever malfunction, below are expedient directions to get you dancing away again as quickly as possible. During development the Cobalt Flux platform was designed to be both rugged and easy to repair, allowing it to stand up against years of extraneous abuse in the field. The mechanics of the pad and its various weak points are easily accessible, easily understood, and easily fixed. If at any time you feel that this guide does not satisfactorily answer your questions, does not outline your problem, or the solutions provided do not solve your problem, feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for quick, effective, and personally addressed support. Make sure to read the problem description that describes what you are experiencing entirely and thoroughly before proceeding to the solutions.
In general, the only tool you will ever need to repair your Cobalt Flux platform is a philips head screwdriver. In rare cases a bit of tape (scotch or electrical) might be needed. With those you should be able to easily perform all of the diagnostics and repairs outlined below.
Problem – A button is activating when it should not.
The first thing to determine is if the root of this problem lies in the control box or the platform. To discover which of the two it is, plug the control box into your console but not into the platform. If the button is still being activated even when the control box is not plugged into the platform, the control box is malfunctioning. Otherwise the problem lies with the pad. If the problem is caused by the control box: Contact email@example.com for a solution. Spare control boxes are sold here. If the problem is caused by the platform: Perform the fix described in Solution #1. If this doesn’t work, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more in depth troubleshooting.
Solution – The general button maintenance procedure.
This set of directions fixes or at least diagnoses 95% of all problems involving one offending button. Take your philips head screwdriver and remove all the screws from the button that is malfunctioning. Proceed to gently pry up against the Velcro separating the Lexan and top contact metal from the base plate. Be particularly mindful of the wire that will be attached to the top contact metal of the panel under one of the Velcro circles nearest to the center of the platform. Once you have the button separated from the base of the pad, do the following:
A. Clean both contacts (the bottom area under the button and the top contact) with water and a bit of soap. Do not apply the liquid directly, wet a sponge or paper towel with it and generously wipe down both surfaces. Use a paper towel or cloth to completely and thoroughly dry all cleaned areas.
B. Take the top piece of sheet metal and bend it so it has the slightest upward arc in the middle. After months of beating occasionally the metal on a button can fatigue and needs to be biased upward again.
C. While the panel is up, thoroughly examine the visible portion of the wire that is attached to the top contact. Look for any abnormalities, cuts in the sheathing or damage in general. If you see any, simply cover the damaged portion with a bit of tape. After this you can replace the panel.
If this does not fix your pad, replacement stainless steel panels can be purchased here.