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regardtnaude

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Hi dear reader, I need some urgent help regarding my second hand bought DJI Spark. I'm questioning the legitimacy of the seller after all these errors and breakages on my drone recently.

I bought it from someone that told me it only needs a new PDB and that he salvaged it for another Spark he owns.

Very excited I bought it at a "your one time only, never to be repeated" bargain price of $22 - but that was the only fun part about the deal since then.

It didn't come with a battery so I bought one online and also a new PDB. After carefully installing the new frame and pdb and desoldering esc's and motors and reassembling, I started up the drone but to my dismay it flashed quickly 2 red, then yellow and green quickly and then solid red - no wifi or usb connectivity at all!

I inspected closely on the motherboard to find the IMU connector broken 1 pin off. I removed the cable and restarted and now the lights kept flashing quickly red, yellow, green...perpetually.

Does anyone have any idea where to start to find some kind of fault beside the IMU plug? My common sense tells me that a malfunctioning IMU cable or unit will definitely prohibit any start up.

I already sent it for repairs but the person on the other side found that with a new motherboard, the drone's gimbal doesn't move.

I can buy a new Spark for $42. Will repair cost more than a new drone?
 
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dijkvaneenjoost

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Buy a new Spark for 42 dollars? Where??

Guess you took a risk buying an incomplete Spark, you were unlucky and think you’ve lost your money...
 

regardtnaude

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if it sounds to good to be true it is . what you have a bunch of parts . we all live and learn .
I agree with you all. Thank you for the advise!

I'm going to check a few other things before calling it a day and I will keep you posted.
 

loup

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I have a DRONE X PRO, I know how you feel.
Suck it up and move on
 

hiflyer

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you could have bought one more and had a nice set of book ends..but I'm happy to hear you are moving on ..and i'm sorry for your bad luck
 
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regardtnaude

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I just need to correct myself, I typed $42 instead of $420, My apologies!!! I bought the drone for $220
 

Locutus40

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Buy a new Spark for 42 dollars? Where??

Guess you took a risk buying an incomplete Spark, you were unlucky and think you’ve lost your money...
hes telling you 42 dollars because he hopes someone can sell him on here the repair part for 42 bucks lol.... so hes seeking a handout basically..... get the whole board man its like 80 bucks on ebay includes the imu
 

regardtnaude

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hes telling you 42 dollars because he hopes someone can sell him on here the repair part for 42 bucks lol.... so hes seeking a handout basically..... get the whole board man its like 80 bucks on ebay includes the imu
No it was really a typing mistake. It was meant to be $420. Sorry. Thanks for the advise, I saw them on Ebay.
 

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