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Thread: To extend my 5 wire touchscreen cable or not?

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    To extend my 5 wire touchscreen cable or not?

    I got my center console glassed, everything is coming together except the touchscreen cable is 2 inches too short.

    I have some spare cat5 cable which is shielded and will work well to patch (solder) in a couple extra inches, but I'm worried about adding any resistance to the wires for a sensitive device like a touchscreen. Think its safe?

    I can't move the controller btw, it has an even shorter 20+ pin cable which is attached the the motherboard.

    I'm going to get some food, then probably start cutting. So post quick if you think its a bad idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by e_fractal
    I got my center console glassed, everything is coming together except the touchscreen cable is 2 inches too short.

    I have some spare cat5 cable which is shielded and will work well to patch (solder) in a couple extra inches, but I'm worried about adding any resistance to the wires for a sensitive device like a touchscreen. Think its safe?

    I can't move the controller btw, it has an even shorter 20+ pin cable which is attached the the motherboard.

    I'm going to get some food, then probably start cutting. So post quick if you think its a bad idea!
    2 inch extension should be ok.

    if you are really paranoid, you can test the lengths of wire with a multimeter to see if your 2" length of wire will add much to the total resistance of the wire.

    if it was like 2 feet of wire, i would advise against it.

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