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I have a Motorola HT1250 LS that I have used for awhile now....

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Nov 12, 2011
The other day I accidentally dropped it while it was on and it shut off and will not power on. I took it to a friend who looked at it and told me everything looks good on the inside and he doesn't know why it is not getting power. I bought a new battery thinking that was my problem, it wasn't. So I have two questions

1. What could my problem be?

2. Do you think it would be worth taking it to a local repair shop and pay the $150 fee to fix it or try to find another one like it? I don't know what a used one runs?


Jul 25, 2004
1. Could be several things from a disconnected wire or a cracked circuit board (these can be very tough to see since they may still "look OK" but not electrically connected) to the battery contacts being knocked out of spec due to the drop, or even one or more components being damaged.

2. What you do depends on how critical your radio is (if it's just something to carry around you can afford a "hack job fix" that may get it working, but not actually fixing everything that's actually wrong, but if it's used for critical functions - trapped in a fire where you need it to call for help, when a "hack job fix" will fail). If you use it for something critical, either get it professionally repaired or replace it. While "a friend" may get it working, they probably won't have the tools to check it out properly so it will appear to work fine, but just when you need it most (say you're in a fire and get knocked down by falling timbers) it will fail again. If it's only used for non-critical stuff, it may be worth having somebody mess around with it to get it working again.

The cost factor is basically up to you. If you can find one for less than it costs to fix it go that route (but don't trust the new radio 100% until you know it's reliable since it may have been somebody else's hack job repair) or repair it if that costs less.
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