usb DISASTER

Posted by: PEANUTS

usb DISASTER - 05/24/05 05:43 AM

Carelessly one day I removed my keyboard cable too quickly from my iMac DV SE Snow, causing the plastic centre piece on the "female" part that guides the filliments together to snap and come out. I thought nothing much of it until I tried to glue this white piece of plastic back in place, the result being that the metal connecting filiments inside my iMac do not correctly line-up with whatever USB device I plug in. Result = 1 less USB port

What can I do? How easily can I replace the USB board/ports?

Any help would be much appreciated.
Posted by: modyourmac

Re:usb DISASTER - 05/24/05 07:52 AM

Okay, here are your options.

1. replace the logic board.
2. hunt for someone/someplace that can solder a new USB port onto your logic board.
3. replace the logic board.

Unfortunately, the USB ports are sealed pieces, and they're hard wired onto the logic board. So, there's not much you can do if they break. You basically HAVE to replace the logic board.

There's no guarantee that the Apple retail stores will fix this out of warranty. If you have a reputable independent Apple Specialist, they should be able to fix your machine for between $250 and $350.

The catch though, is that the slot loading iMac's have a street value of about $300 now. So, the cost of fixing your machine, is almost the cost of replacing it with a fully functional used one, or buying a new Mac Mini. So thats something to consider as well.
Posted by: maestro

Re:usb DISASTER - 05/25/05 12:14 AM

why not just add a powered usb hub.
-maestro
Posted by: PEANUTS

Re:usb DISASTER - 05/25/05 12:42 AM

call me a romantic, but i was rather attached to my Snowy, and it pains me to see it "ill", not 100% working order.

true, i could buy a hub; could buy a mini, but my Snowy wont be quite the same ever again

frown
Posted by: Waragainstsleep

Re:usb DISASTER - 06/01/05 02:51 AM

If you want it 'whole again', its time to get out your good pal "Soldery".....

Seriously though, it shouldn't be all that tough to find a USB plug to fit. You will have to solder it, but it should only be four pins as I recall. Ask your local computer retailers (or better yet repair workshops) if they have any they can pull off dead motherboards for you.
Posted by: whitlock

Re:usb DISASTER - 06/01/05 06:09 AM

Waragainstsleep wrote:
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If you want it 'whole again', its time to get out your good pal "Soldery".....
Seriously though, it shouldn't be all that tough to find a USB plug to fit. You will have to solder it, but it should only be four pins as I recall. Ask your local computer retailers (or better yet repair workshops) if they have any they can pull off dead motherboards for you.


Quite right. You could just get a USB A-A extenison as well and take the Male end off and rewire that as well. Bit bulkier, but would work, and you would have extra wire to play with in case you make a slip and mess it up.

But unfortunatly the old soldering iron is gonna come out to play for this game.

Why I Edited : BBCode confabulations with the quote

Post edited by: whitlock, at: 2005/06/01 13:10
Posted by: mordaskyt

Re:usb DISASTER - 06/01/05 06:18 AM

Basically you have two options,

A, USB hub. easy, no risk, no problem

B, obtain a new jack and solder it on. This is not hard if your are 1. confident enough to field strip the computer down to the motherboard and put it back together again and 2. handy with the soldering iron and 3. willing to risk the entire thing if you screw up.

The soldering itself is not that hard, I've fixed DC in jacks on powerbooks this way, it is a lot of work to get there, though.