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Old 27 June 2011, 02:29   #1
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A600 Keyboard LEDS cable

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I have a little problem: after keeping my A600 case open for a long time, I noticed that two cables (out of 4) are detached. They are the orange and red cables (see photo). I suppose the 4-pins connector is used for LEDS power (POWER, FLOPPY, DISK).

There are 2 soldering points, and I don't remember which one is for the red cable and which one for the orange one...
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Old 27 June 2011, 02:40   #2
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Hi,

looking at your picture...

Red is top left, Orange is bottom left
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Old 27 June 2011, 02:43   #3
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ok ,
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This is a pain with the 600 as the lead has very short, fine gauge wires and is awkward to unplug. After mine breaking a couple of times I added an extension section to make it more secure. Just got some ribbon cable in matching colours and some thin tube heatshrink to insulate the joins.
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Old 09 July 2011, 16:59   #5
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I added an extension section to make it more secure. Just got some ribbon cable in matching colours and some thin tube heatshrink to insulate the joins.
Good work .
Where did you buy the heatshrink tube? Electronics store?

P.S. I saw that your cables colors are different. I thought they were color-coded the same way worldwide...
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Hi Supamax,
yes most electronics stores where you might buy components, gadgets, etc should carry small assorted packs of heatshrink tube in various colours and sizes. A hairdryer is sufficient to cause it to shrink and make a nice, neat insulated join.

Just had another look at your pic, I think they're the same; green, orange, red, black. Maybe the quality of my pic, a very old digicam!

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I personally use a cigarette lighter, there has been a couple of times when I've accidentally set fire to the wire though.
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I use a lighter to melt heatshrink too. :-)

I've been told that it's not the right way to do it, but just be quick with the flame so that it shrinks and then stop and no-one will know the difference. ;-)
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I've never tried the lighter method, I normally use a soldering iron after I soldered the wires together. That works ok as long as you don't use the part of the tip that has solder on it (messy if you do).

I reckon that a hot air soldering station would do a great job with heatshrink tubing but I haven't tried that yet.
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Used all the mentioned methods. The best is using a SMD rework station, but that's an overkill if you are using it only to heat shrink some insulation.

So, here comes my cigarette lighter (yes, I'm a smoker).
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Just had another look at your pic, I think they're the same; green, orange, red, black. Maybe the quality of my pic, a very old digicam!
Oops! You're right, I assumed one cable was yellow... I'm getting old
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I got tired of this problem and directly replaced those tiny cables with long ones. It's a lifesaver.

I recommend you do the same, specially if you open the A600 frequently (like I do).
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Hairdryers be damned, e cigarette lighters are the only way to go
What is the similarity of this two things. i don't understand your words. clear it by yourself.
 
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They both produce heat which is needed for heatshrink tube to shrink?
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There's my original quote, troll, notice the absence of an 'e' before cigarette.

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What is the similarity of this two things. i don't understand your words. clear it by yourself.

Heatguns are also a viable option depending on the distance from plastic parts, a hairdryer just doesn't get hot enough.
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