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Re:Video ribbon connector [Re: jimmie] #457153 12/19/04 10:11 AM
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I am assuming you are referring to the ethernet cable (cat. 5)
If that is to much of a pain get a firewire cable, cut the casing off and use the internal wire.
As far as a soldering iron goes, just take the tip and file it down until you get the right size, don't forget to re-tin the tip after filing.

Re:Video ribbon connector [Re: jimmie] #457154 12/19/04 10:35 AM
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Well, I haven't tried the cat. 5 idea yet, but I was referring to the ribbon cable, as it is near to impossible, as far as I can tell, to reliably splice the ribbon cable to get a good connection.

Great idea with the filing down of the tip, hadn't thought of that.

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Re:Video ribbon connector [Re: jimmie] #457155 12/19/04 12:20 PM
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If your piggybacking the new wire to the connector you don't have to "splice" into the ribbon cable

Re:Video ribbon connector [Re: jimmie] #457156 12/19/04 12:46 PM
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What the ribbon cable allows is to have wires come from one board to another in a very narrow passage. If your mod will not have a narrow passage, just take wires from one board to the other. Remove the ribbon cable if you can. If your mod still requires a narrow space, then work with it, but if not go with straight wire, and no splicing required.

It should not be too hard, and I would suggest getting a 'solder sucker' that is meant to remove solder. Well, technically it's called a Vacuum Desoldering tool. Kind of looks like a syringe that you point at it and when you hit a button, pulls the hot solder into it. It's like $8 at Radio Shack. It will make removing the cable and ZIF connectors pretty easy. The part number is 64-2098 if you need it.


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Re:Video ribbon connector [Re: jimmie] #457157 12/19/04 01:00 PM
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Don't forget you can always cannibalize a ribbon cable from something elise.
Even if it is a 30 wire ribbon, cut off the ones you don't need, or gang 2 10 together, to make do.

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