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  • Is it possible to modify the VGA and USB plug? They are so big :S

    Hi. Is it possible to modify the VGA and USB plug to make them much smaller? The contact points between the vga cable and the screen is kind of tiny (lik 0.5cm long pins), even though the actual plug is gigantic with a really thick cable and even a large lump on the cable about three cm. from the plug. Can't some of this be removed or modified? The screen is mounted fine, but the cable-plugs are streching down in front of the fog-light buttons and stuff, and because the VGA cable is so thick I have to leave one DIN-slot open in order to make room for it.


  • #2
    There are boards inside there that do conversions on the signal. The only thing I can see working is to move that portion farther down the cable line but then you'll have to extend all the individual pins. I'd look online for a custom solution if I were you, try Monoprice.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Maheriano View Post
      There are boards inside there that do conversions on the signal. The only thing I can see working is to move that portion farther down the cable line but then you'll have to extend all the individual pins. I'd look online for a custom solution if I were you, try Monoprice.
      i think i disagree with you- while there are some connectors with boards inside them, i do not believe that either of those pieces shown should have any...

      the monitor connection 'should' just have a lot of rubber around the wires, and the cylinder on the cord is just a ferrite core to reduce interferance-- which can be removed, but you might get some noise in the picture.

      for the usb, it should not have circutry inside it-- i have taken apart similar ones of those...

      IMO, the primary reasons that they make usb cable connectors so big is so that it is easier to plug in, and also for stress relief of the cable(those wires inside are tiny!)

      though i could be wrong, so dont take my word for it...
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      • #4
        So the usb cable shoudnt be any problem? A little chop chop and some playing with the soldering iron shoud be able to remove the plastic "handle"?

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        • #5
          nope both connectors can be broken down,


          the two images show you the conector that is inside the vga cable you should be able to remove all of the backing and the ferrite and the cable will work.

          usb's can also be boken down but i am not sure by how much.
          most likley look like the top right of the picture below

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          • #6
            So how do I procede? To I have to cut the cable under and above the ferrite and then join them again? The two upper pictures you posted doesnt look very motivating. I though soundman said that there shoudnt be a board inside the VGA cable I posted? If there is no board inside, can I then just remove the backing (this shoud then just be a lump of plastic with two screws going through it, right?)?

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            • #7
              the ferrite core can definatly be removed with some 'creative' cutting-- you should not have to cut the actual cable at all.

              the vga connector looks like molded rubber, so you would need to hack it apart without ruining the wires, which would be no easy task...
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              • #8
                I use cat5 VGA extenders, something like these. You can find them all over ebay.
                Much easier to run cat5 through the car than a vga cable.
                I suppose that you could remove the shells as well to make them smaller.
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                • #9
                  Brilliant deanb2 I actually had a problem hiding the thick vga cable, this would be much better. I think I have to remove the shells because that thing looks like it would hide the fog-light button intierly. But what am I looking at if I open that cat5 to VGA plug? Couldnt I just sold the small cat5 wires directly to the vga pins? This would make it as small as it's possible.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Plecto View Post
                    Brilliant deanb2 I actually had a problem hiding the thick vga cable, this would be much better. I think I have to remove the shells because that thing looks like it would hide the fog-light button intierly. But what am I looking at if I open that cat5 to VGA plug? Couldnt I just sold the small cat5 wires directly to the vga pins? This would make it as small as it's possible.
                    This is probably what you're after. Should do a similar search here as well, as I think only 5 to 8 of the pins are actually necessary for a VGA connection. I'd give you more specifics, as I've done this myself since I didn't have enough room to house the normal molex VGA connector on the back of my motherboard, but I don't recall exactly everything I did or where I got the info. If no one responds later I'll try to dig up the info when I get home.

                    The connector can be bought for like $3 at radio shack to solder the leads onto.
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                    • #11
                      If you can solder, use something like this connector and connect all the wires to a comparable female plug.
                      You can hack up an old VGA cable and use that, if you know the pin-outs. I'm sure that can be found w/ a quick Google.


                      You can get the cable to fit in a very tight space.
                      Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                      How about the Wiki?



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                      • #12
                        sorry thier is no board in the vga i just wanted the picture of the connector and the other pic their will be no risistors on the connector either, you should need to cut the cable atall. you hould b able to get creative with a craft knife to remove the ferrite and rubber molding

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                        • #13
                          If you can solder, use something like this connector and connect all the wires to a comparable female plug.
                          Just wanna make sure that I understand everything here. I buy the two connectors you linked to (which shoud be rather small) and just solder each end to a cat5 network cable? Electromagnetic interferience and such will not be a problem here? I've read about people wanting to cut a VGA cable and jointing it (beeing a couple of inches two short for example), I read that this would probably cause interferience and that the cable have to be properly shielded and stuff...

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                          • #14
                            if you where going to buy connectors and solder them i would use a standard vga cable and chop the ends of, then remove the freittes and solder the conectors back on

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Plecto View Post
                              Just wanna make sure that I understand everything here. I buy the two connectors you linked to (which shoud be rather small) and just solder each end to a cat5 network cable? Electromagnetic interferience and such will not be a problem here? I've read about people wanting to cut a VGA cable and jointing it (beeing a couple of inches two short for example), I read that this would probably cause interferience and that the cable have to be properly shielded and stuff...
                              I can't tell you there would be no EMI.
                              You can get shielded cat5 cable and that may help reduce interference from EMI.
                              Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                              How about the Wiki?



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