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Old 31 January 2017, 20:47   #1
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PCMCIA port repair

I currently have 2 Amiga boards with broken pins on the PCMCIA ports, a 1D4 board and a 2B.

I got the 1D4 machine back in '97 for the princely sum of 30 at Cash Converters. Unfortunately shortly after I managed to mangle a couple of the pins in the port. I went to eBay and got a 2B board for about 50. Unfortunately I managed to break one of the pins on that too. (Incidentally, Does anyone want a port mangling SquirrelSCSI card?)

I picked up another 1D4 for 70 and am happily using that, however I felt a bit guilty about mangling the two other boards and wanted to fix them.

After a bit of scouring I found these at RS Components, a bit pricey at 14 each but they seemed to be the right dimensions.

TE Connectivity Right Angle PCB Mount PCMCIA Connector, with Solder Termination


So two were duly bought and work proceeded.
First I removed the broken PCMCIA ports with the aid of a screwdriver, a desolder station, a solder sucker and in the case of one of the boards, a dremel (to cut the pins off).

With the broken port removed, the results looked like this:


Some gentle persuasion got the pins into the holes, I had to be careful to make sure they were in alignment as a couple of pins shifted in transit and had to be carefully bent back into position.

10 minutes of soldering and leaning and the port was in place.


The port sat perfectly lined up with the slot in the case and I inserted a PCMCIA network card, booted up, opened Prepcard and crossed my fingers:



SUCCESS! Two boards returned to full working condition after sitting unused for over a decade.

My next step is to attempt to recap my boards.
I have 4 in total, one of which is completely non-functional so I will test my soldering skills on that first.
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Old 31 January 2017, 22:26   #2
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Great job!

Thanks for posting the details.
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Old 31 January 2017, 22:38   #3
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Good work!
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Old 01 February 2017, 20:18   #4
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And if in the USA I found this
http://www.digikey.com/product-detai...195-ND/1025098

Maybe Vypr can confirm if it would work
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Old 01 February 2017, 20:56   #5
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What are you asking for the port mangling Squirrel? I may be interested in it.
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Old 02 February 2017, 11:15   #6
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And if in the USA I found this
http://www.digikey.com/product-detai...195-ND/1025098

Maybe Vypr can confirm if it would work
Looks like it should work, the pins are long enough to go through the board and the length is the same. It's also a helluva lot cheaper than the RS one.
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Old 24 February 2017, 19:46   #7
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Very nice and a clean job, question what is a Squirrel card and why do you think it kept buggering up your pins ?
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Old 27 February 2017, 10:59   #8
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SquirrelSCSI card is a PCMCIA card that allows you to connect external SCSI devices like scanners and CD-ROM drives. They are notorious for bending pins in PCMCIA ports as they don't quite line up with the pins on the Amiga so if you're not careful, pins get bent.
My Squirrel card actually has one of the pins still stuck in one of the holes..
I think it's completely buggered now as while it was in storage it appears one of the cats used the storage box as a toilet, when I opened it up to see if I could pull the stuck pin out, the connectors inside stank to high heaven and are pretty badly corroded.
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Thanks for explaing and dam cats
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Old 09 March 2017, 00:19   #10
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Thanks for the repair log and the part reference.
I will do the pcmcia port change someday to one of my A600 boards.
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