First screen on my ZOOM B3 suddenly died!

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by michele, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. michele

    michele Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2004
    As the thread title, suddenly the left screen on my recently acquired Zoom B3 died. The section works but the screen it's just blank! The other two screens are ok.
    Any thoughts?
  2. flatfender

    flatfender Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit Supporting Member

    Maybe do a factory reset. Page 31 in your manual.

    Warning: You'll lose any changes or patches you've saved.
  3. michele

    michele Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2004
    Done that, and a firmware update too... Nothing. Left screen is blank.

  4. Kevindavid3


    Jul 11, 2010
    Probably cause zoom makes crap......
  5. michele

    michele Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2004
    Damn... This unit seems to have a lot of fans here and elsewhere and there aren't many people complaining about quality. Done a lot of search on the web and no one seems to have experienced something like this before...

  6. Have you thought of taking the top of the case off (4 screws, from what I can tell) to see if you can spot a bad connection, or a connector off?

    A long shot, but it might be worth it unless you aren't comfortable doing that. Your only recourse after that is your warranty, if it is still within that period.

    EDIT: Actually, it's 6 screws - one in each corner and then one on either side of the battery case. If you do open it up, there is a small 2-wire connector to each screen that appears to supply power to that module. Check those out, if you are comfortable with that.
  7. ZoomB3.jpg

    Look at the tiny connectors with the red/black wires.

    When you pull the base off, the red/black wire connector from the battery case may pull off from the circuit board (upper right corner). Red is pin 1 and black is pin 2.
  8. michele

    michele Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2004
    Tried what you said. Nothing.
    Actually the screen is powered, it just shows nothing!

  9. OK, back to the Zoom warranty at this point.
    Too bad. Curious to hear how that goes.
  10. michele

    michele Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2004
    I purchased it three days ago from a dealer so it shouldn't be a problem to have it replaced...

  11. Seryna


    Mar 14, 2014
    Probably just a lemon unit.
  12. CharlieC

    CharlieC Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2010
    New York, NY
    Nessun problema, paesano, proprio come le bottiglie di vino, a volte ci sono un paio di bottiglie non all'altezza della qualità e questo è normale. E 'tempo di aprire un altro! Salute! :D
  13. michele

    michele Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2004
    Hahaha, that made my day! ;-)

  14. badboy1984


    Mar 27, 2007
    United Kingdom
    Bought a used B3 on Sunday from a shop and my middle screen is also blacked out.
  15. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    Whoa...I never heard of that happening before. I own a zoom b3 and it still works fine. sorry to hear about your situation.