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soldering svideo minidins

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by Mr.D, Sep 3, 2003.

  1. Mr.D

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    Its such a pain isn't it! Get a headache just thinking about it!

    I opened up my newly boughtalthough second hand 5 metre Ixos svideo cable because it developed a loose connection.

    Whoaa! what a globby nasty solder job on it.

    Took it upon myself to resolder it. 3 Hours later I swapped out the plug for a lektropacks one I hacked off a shoddy lead as at least it had connection pins I could actually have some chance of getting the soldering iron near. ( although I seem to recall in the past that I made a playstation svideo cable no sweat with a salvaged Ixos minidin)

    It now works but I'm still not too happy with my own soldering ( hey I'm ok on phono leads and repairing the mother in laws TV remote when the kids drop it).

    Anyone know of some sort of mechanical captive minidin plug?
     
  2. Mylo

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    You are not alone. We use mini din plugs at work on our military kit. They are an absolute bastard to solder even for us professionals. As for captive plugs, I'll get back to you if I can suggest any thing.
     
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    I always try to avoid s-video plugs. Wwrgh, nasty pieces of work.:devil:

    The easiest thing to do is to run nice easy 75ohm cable with BNC's on and then use the BNC to mini-din adapter cables.
     
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    Rick, that would take all the fun out of it. :devil: ;)
     
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    True.

    Guess you need to get an old analogue convergence CRT projector like me then. :D
     
  6. Mr.D

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    You''d need two runs of cable for that though. Then again I'm sure I've got 5meters of decent stereo shielded 2 corelying about.
     
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    Not all of the 'older' Ixos were correctly wired, check the signal and earths are on the right pins!
     
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    You really need an old mini din socket to hold the plug whilst soldering. I will have a dig at work and find one for you if possible.
     
  9. Mr.D

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    Wow never thought of that.
    I've got a set of those helping hands things though.

    Incidentally I just persuaded a workmate of mine to have a crack at resoldering the cable for me. He's got a degree in electronics and assured me he can solder anything... by the time I came back to pick up the lead he was screaming blue murder and had only resoldered one end of the cable which to be honest isn't much better than the job I made of it if at all!

    I hope someone invents a minidin with screw in contacts soon!

    I never want to solder one of these again!
     
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    There is much to be said for those crimp connections isn't there!
     
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    Damn thing broke again...however...
    All my messing about with this lead seems to have honed my soldering skills somewhat. I managed to desolder the plug , clean it up , restrip the cable and resolder the plug in 30 mins flat nice and straight forward. Job looks better than the other factory soldered end.

    I guess I had good solder Karma last night??!!
     
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    Good work !:smashin:
     
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    Don't see what all the fuss is about!
    I use RS mini DIN plugs all the time at work.
    The trick for easy assembly is a modelling "weld" tip on the soldering iron
    They go to an extremely fine point.
     
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    The ixos plug I was soldering has very short pins that are recessed well below the outer rim of the plug itself.

    I did wittle the tip of the iron down to a smaller point.
     

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