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?