OT: IDE Cables are hard to find
k5di at zianet.com
Tue Dec 4 23:06:48 UTC 2007
Tod Merley wrote:
> On Dec 4, 2007 1:28 PM, Karl Larsen <k5di at zianet.com> wrote:
>> I went shopping and hit 3 stores before Office Max, where a guy
>> recalled seeing one and it was there. Original price for the round IDE
>> cable was $14.00 reduced to $6.00. It is a Belkin Ultra ATA Hard Drive
>> Round Cable. It is in and all is working fine. The old flat cable has
>> been causing trouble for a week. I think I bent it in too many directions.
>> Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
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> Hi Karl F. Larsen!
> In the Seattle area RE-PC and other PC recycling places have boxes of
> these for cheap.
> If you have one that is worn out sometimes you can "pop the top off"
> (carefully spread the side grips and the top should pull off) and then
> pull the cable out of the "insulation displacement" (usually sharp top
> split tubes). After using some scissors to establish a clean end of
> unused cable you can then use a vise and a couple of short pieces of
> metal stock (flat metal) to press the top and cable back into place.
> The connector is mostly plastic and a vise amplifies force quite well,
> use a light touch.
> I once rather shocked a company installer who had flown in to help us
> with our new music delivery system doing this. First I found the
> cable where wire 1 was connected to 50. Then I repaired it before his
> Have Fun!
Hi Tod, the new round cable goes around corners better than the
Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
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