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We have an out of warrenty livescribe pen which isn't charging. Checked their forums and many people are experiencing the same issue. As of now, the company doesn't seem to offer a solution - apart from replacement. How can you help?

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  • J vanWalsum May 25, 2013

    It may actually be charged, but the screen display is no longer working. a review of Livescribe's site shows they are aware and don't care, but hide behind warranty. They have sold hundreds of thousands, and this seems to be a pervasive problem. I would like to see a lawfirm take is on; I have 3 pens in the same boat.

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  • Tracy Jul 08, 2013

    I finally found our pen today after not using for a couple of years. It's also the Pulse 2Gig. It doesn't seem to charge but the data was copied to our new computer. I'm interested in what can be done, but it sounds like NOTHING can be done. :-(



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This is BS, and the company should be held accountable. I'm in the same boat, need a new battery, and REFUSE to buy a new car because the tires are worn. I will find a fix or never buy a livescribe product again

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Replacement is necessary...
Good Luck

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  • J vanWalsum Jun 08, 2013

    Replacement at this point means replacing 3 pens that otherwise work. I originally thought the issue was charging the pens. it is instead a bad LCD display. They all seem to have gone bad simultaneously; I think it is a bad software update that killed the LCD component. This should not be a warranty issue, it is a production problem introduced outside of warranty issues. There needs to be a class action suit.

  • J vanWalsum Jun 08, 2013

    At one time I was a HUGE advocate for this product. Now, I might add that replacement means throwing out 3 pens, and accessories, over $500 worth. One pen, the Echo, was purchased 14 months ago. All works except the screen; which means apps, pen status like date and battery condition, or even if it is recording or not, cannot be verified. This is absurd.



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2 Click on thelp menu
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7.Click on item 28005-getting the smartpen serial number( blue text)
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3. As above
4 Scroll to the bottom of the page
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