I noticed my osmc had a rattling noise inside, like something was loose. When I’d turn it sideways, I could hear something move inside. Then I noticed that the power wouldn’t stay on, unless I moved things around a bit and then it would work. I got a little worried that it was a screw and it would short out components, so I opened it up and I found the cause.
There is a plastic bit in the middle of the top that has a metal plate, presumably a heat sink, attached to it by a screw. The plastic part had shattered into multiple little pieces, and they were what was rattling around. The metal plate was free and was likely shorting things inside.
There is a small sticky pad on the other side of the plate, that I presume goes over one of the chips inside, but I’m not sure which. If I can figure that out, I might be able to superglue the plastic bits together to hold the plate in place properly.
If the plate isn’t a heat sink, and just an RF shield or something, maybe I can just run the device without it?