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Repairing a 8 pin DIN - possible for a soldering newbie? 
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Post Repairing a 8 pin DIN - possible for a soldering newbie?
Greetings,

I got my hands back on my good ol' TurboGrafx-16, but the controller's pins (8 pin DIN) are broken. Here are some pictures (sorry for the potato camera):

The broken pins
The other side
The piece's place on the controller

I wish to repair it as the controller itself is still in great condition. I have done little soldering jobs but nothing that requires that much precision. Also, I did lose the pins, so I'd have to buy / make some new ones but I have no idea on where / how I could do that. The best and easiest way would probably to buy a new part, but I can't seen to find just the part that I need: I guess I could buy a 'whole' new connector instead of just the part that goes into the end of the controller cord, but then I'd have to cut and solder my controller's original cord.

Suggestions, tips, encouragement?
Thank you!

Wed 06 Nov 2013, 17:14:08

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Post Re: Repairing a 8 pin DIN - possible for a soldering newbie?
The easiest option would be to find another controller that has a broken pad but working cable and splice the working pad to the working cable. Making your own pins is likely to be fragile and error-prone, AFAIK.

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Wed 06 Nov 2013, 17:17:49

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Post Re: Repairing a 8 pin DIN - possible for a soldering newbie?
You could try replacing the pins with some thin nails, cut to size... But I agree with hunterk, it'd likely be really error prone. Or you could hope you're lucky, buy a whole connector and maybe it'll end up being one that you can salvage the bits you need from.
I don't know how expensive those controllers are, but me, I'd probably just solder on a new connector. They're not all that finicky either.

edit: Actually, if its just the pins that are broken, the last DIN conector I used had removable pins. If yours does too that'd make replacing them (and only them, i.e. not the "shield") pretty easy.

Wed 06 Nov 2013, 17:52:24
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Post Re: Repairing a 8 pin DIN - possible for a soldering newbie?
Oh jesus. Nails? Do not do that.

8-pin DIN is common as dirt. Hard-wire a new a new wire onto the controllers PCB. I have some 8 pin "C" DIN ends I was going to use for a RGB mod but they're common as dirt too.

Or, shit I'll buy it off you if the price is right. Maybe I can scrounge a new controller from a guy I know locally. If you sell it to me I'll convert it for use on my PCE. I'll pull the wire off a fucked up controller I have, or wait until I can get a truly dead one from Japan and use that ones wire.

Edit:

Dissolve/loosen the busted end in ammonia, get a new male U or C DIN connector, I forget what the TG-16 uses, and then just transfer the wiring.

I really hate that big damn plastic thing they did on the PCE. All it does is act as a fulcrum to bust the only input the console has. I wish the Japanese consoles used a better connector like the US version. Tiny ass 8-pin mini DIN thing that you can bend up the pins in if you're not careful, and the sockets are harder to replace.

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Wed 06 Nov 2013, 20:41:44

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Post Re: Repairing a 8 pin DIN - possible for a soldering newbie?
monoprice --

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=1 ... 1&format=2

this cable can be used as a PC Engine controller extension cord but could also be spliced into a broken cable

only $5

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Post Re: Repairing a 8 pin DIN - possible for a soldering newbie?
panzeroceania wrote:
monoprice --

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=1 ... 1&format=2

this cable can be used as a PC Engine controller extension cord but could also be spliced into a broken cable

only $5

That won't work for the TurboGrafx, as it uses a different type of DIN plug:

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Thu 07 Nov 2013, 10:57:32
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Post Re: Repairing a 8 pin DIN - possible for a soldering newbie?
Thank you all for your replies! I haven't found another broken controller yet so I'll probably end up buying a new cable.

vxbinaca, sorry but it's my only controller so I intend to repair it and keep it.

Thu 07 Nov 2013, 21:12:29

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Post Re: Repairing a 8 pin DIN - possible for a soldering newbie?
BMF54123 wrote:
panzeroceania wrote:
monoprice --

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=1 ... 1&format=2

this cable can be used as a PC Engine controller extension cord but could also be spliced into a broken cable

only $5

That won't work for the TurboGrafx, as it uses a different type of DIN plug:

Image


ah, so you are right. Get a PC Engine ?

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Post Re: Repairing a 8 pin DIN - possible for a soldering newbie?
panzeroceania wrote:
BMF54123 wrote:
panzeroceania wrote:
monoprice --

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=1 ... 1&format=2

this cable can be used as a PC Engine controller extension cord but could also be spliced into a broken cable

only $5

That won't work for the TurboGrafx, as it uses a different type of DIN plug:

Image


ah, so you are right. Get a PC Engine ?

Install Linux.
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On a TurboDuo.

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Fri 08 Nov 2013, 11:08:58
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Post Re: Repairing a 8 pin DIN - possible for a soldering newbie?
Use a cheap multi-meter to map out what pin goes to what point on the board (continuity function), remove the cable (like at the PCB, don't splice the new cable on), and just replicate the layout with the new cable.

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