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Thread: where can i find a USB cable like this one?

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    where can i find a USB cable like this one?

    http://www.digitalww.com/images/usb_cable.jpg

    (other than buying a TSK kit from Armen), I just need to repair a stupid USB mouse which had some cable issues.....

    Thanks!

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    Hell. Make your own The colors are a standard and you can see the pin outs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Defiler
    Hell. Make your own The colors are a standard and you can see the pin outs.
    where do i get the little header thing that will fit into my mouse cradle?

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    Go to a computer parts store and just buy a USB cable and cut one end off. Then use anything from electrical tape to a soldering iron to connect the wires to your motherboard.
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    i guess i could solder teh cables back to the mouse, but it seems like since the mouse has a receptacle thing to take that little header, if i can find a cable IDENTICLE to the one in teh pic, the device will be working like new - which is the goal. Any ideas?

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    Check out www.digikey.com
    They've got just about any electronic component you can imagine. I'm sure they'd have that 4 pin header/connector.
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    This is probably a dumb question, but I'm going to ask it anyway....


    Why are you trying to repair the mouse? They're a commodity these days anyway. Just go buy a new one.

    If your hell-bent on saving it, it should be easy enough to fix though.

    Assuming that you didn't throw away the old cable already, just cut the connector off of the existing cable. Give yourself at least two inches of wire so you have enough slack to splice the new cable onto it.

    If that doesn't work, just go to the store and buy a really cheap mouse and cannibalize it for parts. I do this whenever my Trackman marble (original three button version) buttons die, since this version of the trackball is no longer made. I use the trackball for gaming, so it gets beat on somewhat.

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    Thanks for teh responses guys!

    Mr. Sinister - funny you should mention your trackman - that is exactly what i am fixing. I took apart my otical mouse (not primary, but i take it with me for laptop) and used the cable to fix the trackball, buit i suspect the header is where the problem s on the other cable - so cut-n-solder isnt going to work. I guess if i cant find the cable i can go buy the cheapest USB mouse i can find and take it apart....


    We shall see.

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    some mice are bilt with hard kinks in the wire inside the house. like a few sharp turns. the old MS optical 1.0 had this. it was recalled dew to it. b/c the turns the wires thare would brake.. i fixed that mouse 3 times. cut out the parts with the kinks and soder it inside the mouse to the good wire. if you can cut the inside of the mouse to make the wire run more strait with less kinks. it will probly last longer

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