|Re: HG48GX cable plug : where can I get it repaired ?|
Message #13 Posted by Tony Duell on 25 Oct 2005, 8:07 a.m.,
in response to message #12 by deleted
To be honest, SMD repair is not that hard when you've done it a few times. And the pins on this connector are at 2mm spacing, so it's not even that fine a pitch (compared to some of the ICs I've hand soldered). Of course if the pads on the PCB are damaged, it's a lot harder.
If you can find somebody who does SMD rework, it would be literally a few minutes job to re-solder the connector.
If you do decide to open the machine up, of course be aware that the chips are easy to damage by static. Don't touch anything inside when you get the cover off. If you're going to let somebody else do the soldering, then when you've got the machine apart, put the cover back over the board and take the whole lot to him. Do NOT remove the PCB from the keyboard, getting it aligned with the display connections is a nasty job.
I've found the best tool to remove the stakes is a 3.5mm (or sometimes 4mm) twist drill bit held in my fingers. Yes, it's slower than a power tool, or even a hand wheelbrace, but it's a lot more controllable.