Radion tear down (to fix the green light of death, trouble shooting, or cleaning.)

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    chaostactics Active Member Tampa Bay Reef Keepers Build Thread Contributor

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    See blue arrows for screws to remove. This is a gen 1 or 2 pro with gen 3 upgrade, your radion may very. Do not do this tear down with out an antistatic mat, if you're clumsy, and IF you're still in warranty send it back to Ecotech. Also if you're fan is ***** loud or if your unit is running hot take the time to use a stiff bristle brush and clean out the dust/salt creep

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    chaostactics Active Member Tampa Bay Reef Keepers Build Thread Contributor

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    BE CAREFUL WITH THE RIBBON CABLE. (See exclamation point) it's super fragile, it just pulls out, gently. If you're fixing the green light of death you're going to leave this unhooked during re-assembly.
     
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    chaostactics Active Member Tampa Bay Reef Keepers Build Thread Contributor

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    Almost there. PhotoGrid_1511884799699.jpg PhotoGrid_1511884935624.jpg
     
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    chaostactics Active Member Tampa Bay Reef Keepers Build Thread Contributor

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    Last steps. I used contact cleaner on everything, do this at your own risk and only after removing any saltcreep/dust from every surface. Give plenty of dry time, 3+ hours on the cleaner. PhotoGrid_1511885146960.jpg PhotoGrid_1511885247422.jpg
     
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    chaostactics Active Member Tampa Bay Reef Keepers Build Thread Contributor

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    Reverse process for re-assembly. Good luck, be patient, may the force be with you.
     
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    Thanks for the tutorial. Now I have one question: what is the green light of death? Did a sight search, found nothing.

    As a radion owner, this sounds like something I should know.
     
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    chaostactics Active Member Tampa Bay Reef Keepers Build Thread Contributor

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    TL:DR at the bottom.

    Basically one day for no particular reason the full led array comes on which creates an overall green effect, the fan goes to full rpm, and it's impossible to program with the USB interface nor a wxm, maybe a reeflink? Ecotech says it happens when the touch buttons on the early gen lights fail, or you get water in or somehow otherwise damage your physical buttons on your later gen lights.

    Once you've you've disconnected the cable to the buttons the light is left completely unchanged except you can't use the buttons. USB, wxm, Reef link interfacing still works.

    I had sent the light in for service and Ecotech told me I needed to disable the buttons in the firmware settings (or buy a whole new light) but I didn't own a Reef link and the USB port will overvolt when this error occurs so you can't program with a computer. Also not sure if the Reef link would have connected in this fail state.

    TL:DR: Green light if death is an error that occurs when the buttons cause the light to go into a fail state (led clusters and fan permantly st max). The solution is to disconnect them physically.
     
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    chaostactics Active Member Tampa Bay Reef Keepers Build Thread Contributor

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    The stuff I used was pretty quick to dry when using on my tail light and turn signal indicators. But when exposed to salt crystals (cleaned two different tank lights with it) it beaded up and was challenging to get out of small spaces.
     
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    Update: after letting the unit run for a while, I pulled it apart again, cleaned the micro USB port, and ribbon cable connector. Hooked up the ribbon cable to the touch buttons and the unit is running great and fully functional.
     
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    Thanks for this your photos really help, I might take my G3Pro apart soon to clean. Running 100% some of the time and the fans go nuts.
     
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    chaostactics Active Member Tampa Bay Reef Keepers Build Thread Contributor

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    Good luck it's not as scary as it seems.
     
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