Fix that stupid USB connector 


That mini-usb connector port on your camera/external hard drive/ music player may allow your devices to be small and hip-looking, but they seriously lack the structural rigity of their pretecessors (RS-232, Parallel...) The following is a quick fix guide to solve this problem.

What do i need? 
            - device thats got a broken port
            - spare male usb connector / cable
            - Hot glue
            - 22 gage wire
            - Voltmeter
Step 1.
Assess the damage
In this case, im fixing an external hard drive connector, but its mostly the same for every device. On the top right corner is where the USB connector was.
Step 2.  
Trace the connections 
Fortunatley, USB only consists of 4 wires: 5V, Ground, Data +, Data -. simply trace out a ground plane and 5v plane  and your halfway done. The USB data lines follow sequentially from  5v, Data +, Data- Ground.

Unfortunatley, my younger brother pulled the traces completley off. :/

Step 3. Determine what type of connector you want to replace it with. [do you want to put in another  type of connector, the same one, or directly solder in a USB cable?]

Ex: Im soldering in a direct cable

Step 4. Tack on your usb cable (or wires running to your new connector), ensuring that the ordering is correct. if you cant solder to an open solder point, sand down the board  near the connection (visible in next picture) and solder on there
Step 5 Making sure that it still works:
plug the device into an old pc (that has correct device drivers), if it says USB power exceeded, unplug it quick. if it says device not recognized, either the thing is broken or you swapped the data+ and data - lines, if it says hardware installed... it works

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
Electrical & Electrical Power

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