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Where to get usb socket replacements in UK?

Posted on 2011-03-20
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Hi I just wanted to know a list of locations that would sell a wide range of USB sockets. I have an emachine motherboard with 8 pin usb socket which is broken. I'm trying to replace it. All info will be much appreciated.
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by:AriMc
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by:sorush
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No maplin is no good. I need an 8 pin socket. 4 pins for the connection and 4 pins for the usb data.
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by:AriMc
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How about Farnell? They sure have a wide selection:

http://uk.farnell.com

Select "Connectors" and "I/O" in the product selector on the left, then select the kind of USB-connector type(s) you want and press "Show results".

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by:sorush
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Yes I've bookmarked farnell. But I still can't find the 8 contact / connector usb socket. I can show you it in this youtube video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i0-NkFE86M&feature=channel_video_title
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by:AriMc
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4 of those 8 contacts shown on the video are just mechanical soldering contacts and have no significant role in the connector operation apart from making it a little bit sturdier mechanically. As you can see in the video, all four soldering connections are connected to the same strip of wiring layer on the motherboard (earth wire).

You will do fine with any other USB-connector that fits the holes on the motherboard, even if a couple of the solder pins are left "empty".

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by:sorush
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thanks for you advice I will wait a little longer to see if i get a reply fron the youtube vid owner.
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by:AriMc
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Ok, and if you end up using a connector with less mechanical soldering contacts, you can always use other means to maintain the mechanical strength, like a few drops of glue between the circuit board and the connector.

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by:nobus
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did you check if the rest of the usb is not shortcircuited - and works?  if so, replacing the socket won't help -as i told you...
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by:sorush
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nobus, no I haven't check for short circuits yet. Although I must say that I don't think a standard usb socket would work on this motherboard as the size is smaller than the old one.
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In what ways is it smaller? USB-connectors are pretty much standardised and the same
size, otherwise the connectors and cables wouldn't fit together.

In Farnell's catalog at least these look pretty much the same size as the ones in the video:

http://uk.farnell.com/tyco-electronics-amp/1734366-1/conn-recept-4-usb-series-a/dp/1654064

http://uk.farnell.com/lumberg/2410-02/socket-usb-panel-pcb-type-a/dp/1177883

http://uk.farnell.com/lumberg/2410-06/socket-usb-type-a/dp/1308874

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by:sorush
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I'm going to order one of each as you have shown. But there seems to be a minimum order price of £20.00. At this stage I don't know what other things I would order. Probably soldering equipment.
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by:sorush
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I'm not sure if this post can be left open for a week but that's when I will have enough money to buy the hot air station.
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by:AriMc
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Soldering equipment, especially desoldering braid in your case, would be good. Using a couple of kilowatts of hot air to remove a connector from an otherwise functioning motherboard you intend to use later, is not a very good idea, especially if you haven't practiced it with broken hardware first.

You'll very easily end up frying either the adjacent components or the circuit board itself. Using a low-to-medium power solder and braid is a much safer option.

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by:sorush
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Well I've ordered every thing now but I'm not sure if it will work.
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by:sorush
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I've tried all the suggestions but Now I don't have the extra short usb ports / jacks. I've ordered a few but its no use as they are all too long.
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