Just a FYI for folks with a dead R1000. I just fixed mine myself.
Yes... my roku R1000 is now working great and I only used items found around the home (most homes).
I used a few of the photos from this sitehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/aaronferru ... 593223550/
to take apart the R1000 and to view the PS wiring.
** make sure the roku power cord is not plugged in **
** And also unplug the cord from the back of the roku unit **
Taking the back plate off the speaker unit was by far the hardest part.
You will also see two snap-in connectors running to the front part of the roku.
Un-snap them apart
Simply put... once you take out the power supply, and unwrap it from its housing, you will see 2 power wires running to the back AC power supply on the roku. And you will see a smaller white wire soldered to a long copper strip that was wrapped around
the PS unit. This smaller white wire is the antenna,
You will also notice a row or 4 wires on the other end of the roku power supply, that are soldered to the power supply board.
They are black, red, black, dark blue.
Black wires on the board are both ground.
The red wire hooks to the board labeled 9.5 volts.
The dark blue wire (almost looks black) hooks to the label 19 volts.
These 4 wires are in a row, so you can't miss them.
Now you too can fix your R1000 dead power supply. All you need to know is simple soldering.
And you also must have a spare or unused power adaptor around the house.
Like the wall chargers that most cell phones use to charge, or most electronic gadgets use to supply their power. Seems every gadget today comes with an external power adaptor.
Well the roku R1000 is about to join that crowd.
Now I doubt a cell phone wall charger adaptor has the voltage to power the R1000.
The DC voltage output is just too weak. Usually 6 volts or less.
What we are looking for is an adaptor with a DC output of at least 12 volts.
The one I had in my junk box was from an old broken ide hard drive external housing box. The kind used to convert a pc ide hard drive to a external usb drive.
Its power rating was 12 volts. 1.5 Amps and said 18 watts max.
So with the dead roku factory power supply, I cut the large two 110v AC power wires that come from back of the AC cord plug-in. I will not be using the original wall power cord any longer. Then from inside the back of the roku unit, I cut the 2 black & white 110v wires from the other side of that AC plug-in
I cut the wires right at the point where they attach to the 110v AC plug-in.
The other end of the 2 wires run to the roku 110v AC power supply board.
Then on my power adaptor, the 12 volt orphaned adaptor, I checked to too see which
of the two wire outputs was DC + and DC â€“ . Then marked the DC + out adaptor wire with a dot of white-out, like that used to correct typing errors. I also cut off the end plug from the 12v adaptor, that had fit into the old ide usb box.
Then I drilled a small hole in the back of the R1000 right next to the no longer used AC power cord connector. A hole just big enough to push the 12 volt adaptor wire(s) thru.
I have removed the other 4 wires from the roku factory PS board, also.
So the factory PS board is totally lose and ready to toss into the trash. YEAH!
Now, solder the adaptor 12v DC + wire together to the (now lose) RED roku wire and
with the DARK BLUE roku wire. So you should now have three wires hooked together. Adaptor 12v DC + to the RED wire and to the DARK BLUE wire, all 3 wires then soldered together and wrapped in electrical tape.
Now hook the two lose BLACK ground wires, that were in that same wire row on the old roku power supply board, that we earlier unsoldered from the board.
Hook them to the 12v adaptors DC â€“ (negative) wire. So that you have both black ground wires and the 12v adaptors DC â€“ wire all together. Solder them and wrap in electrical tape.
Now, re-attach the 2 â€œsnapâ€ plugs connecting the rokuâ€™s back speaker unit to the roku front display unit.
Plug in your 12v adaptor into the wall outlet, and if you did everything correctly, your roku will power up and work great.
Note: As to the new power adaptor, you may have to experiment with different adaptors
to find one that has the power to run the roku. Like I said, mine was a 12v DC power adaptor. You might also find a universal adaptor at radio shack that has 12v output.
Or, just buy an ide hard drive enclosure that uses external power (not usb powered)..
For the price of going that route, at least you will be able to repair your $200 roku.
And the ide enclosure will cost whatâ€¦ maybe $20 ???
But as you test this, after your roku unit is disassembled and the wires from the old dead factory PS are all unsoldered from the board, try your replacement adaptor you plan to use, by hooking the wires together as above, to make sure the roku gets enough power to run it.
In using my 12v adaptor, I found this to work perfect.
I have been running my roku R1000 for 48 hours straight now, and all is well.
It works great !!!!
And as far as the voltage and combining the 9.5v RED wire with the 19v DARK BLUE wire, even though the 2 wires were labeled different voltage on that factory PS board, combining thee two together will work. And we are talking fairly low voltage here.
Your roku will survive.
Just make sure your replacement power adaptor is around the
same rating as the one I successfully used. 12 volts DC output @ 1.5 amps 18 watts max.
Rememberâ€¦ we are starting out with a â€œdeadâ€ useless $200 roku R1000 internet radio.
Most people probably will not send theirs in for repair, even if that were possible, and most people probably will or already have tossed their roku in the trash as their loss.
With my do-it-yourself repair, at least you have an excellent chance to once again enjoy your roku radio. You weigh the optionsâ€¦ Attempting the repairing yourself, or sending it out for repair at a cost, or kicking your roku out the highest window in anger.
You have to decide.
As for meâ€¦ this really was a simple repair, once I had a workable power adaptor.
Others can take issue with my repair procedure, but all I know is I am once again enjoying my once dead roku radio. That is the final word. And was my goal.