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    Hi I have chopped up my lilliput and installed it into my double din slot. However I would like to place the buttons about 4 feet away from the screen. Is there anyway to extend the little ribbon cable to the little board with the buttons? I am sorry but I am a newb and I'm guessing that you can just solder the cable to individual wires, so i just want a little guidence before I mess anything up. Thanks!
    Volvo 850 GLT

  • #2
    or just buy another ribbon cable from armen and do a really good job of taping the contacts together. We're in the newbie forum here :P
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    • #3
      The second idea sounds good to me. I'm going to look for one right now. Thanks a lot for the help .
      Volvo 850 GLT

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      • #4
        The second idea will not work as well as the first - it will probably come apart with time. the first idea seems like more work - but it's not.

        Chop that cable right in the middle. Now heat the ends up, so the plastic melts away. youre left with a few wire strands sticking out - just solder them up to a longer length of wire, between the other end. If you mess anything up you only spent a few bucks, and you can just order a new cable from armen anyways.

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        • #5
          Dr. H:
          Thanks, I'm always one for the cheap route.

          Let's say that Armen's cables are $20.

          Radioshack sells a soddering iron, which willl last a long time for $15, and dollarland sells wire for $1. Well, you could spend $4 less, and come out of this withg some spare wire and a soddering iron (plus some basic soddering skills).

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          • #6
            ok, but armens cables are 6 dollars as i recall.....
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            • #7
              I have no experence soldering, but I may be able to get help from one of the TV aides at school. Would you recommend that route?
              Volvo 850 GLT

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              • #8
                I'm a TV aide at school, and frankly those guys knwo nothing. You can try - but you should try to learn it's good practice, honest.

                @Sonic: $6? Not bad. However still a bad diea for anyhting toher than testing

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                • #9
                  if you know what the hot end of a soldering iron, and solder is you'll be fine. Soldering isn't an art when it comes to getting two wires to stick to each-other ... just go for it and get the practice. It will come in handy later on :-)
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                  • #10
                    Can anyone give me a step by step guide on how to do this?
                    Volvo 850 GLT

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                    • #11
                      OK I tried the soldering bit, it is too hard to solder such a small ribbon cable. Does anyone know where to order a new 13 conductor ribbon as I have destroyed my old one and would like one in the 5' range.
                      Volvo 850 GLT

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                      • #12
                        yes...actually i do... go to my website listed in my profile and you will find the exact route to the 6 foot ribbon cable you are looking for. I did something similar in my red 94 volvo 850
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