*panic* Extending LCD wiring... harness?
A wiring harness is all I can think of to call it, using the 'converter' for my car stereo to fit my car without having to chop and splice. But anyway...
I have a ruggedized laptop with a 12.1" touchscreen LCD (plenty big AND 16 bit color ;p). Basically I wanted to remove the LCD from the rest of the laptop and extend it slightly (a foot or two) so I could more easily mount it in my car. Though I had never done this before, I was comfortable enough to try it. Little did I realize that not ALL wires are solid core.
I checked here to see whether other people had tried extending their LCD wiring, and enough had been successful that I proceeded on mine.
Thinking I knew what I was doing, I very carefully took it apart (the part I'm good at) and proceeded to very carfully (still skilled at this point) to remove the mesh-like plastic covering that bundled the wires together. After discovering that they definitely WERE wires and not that zebra ribbon or whatever its called, I figured I'd be able to continue.
But, as soon as I cut the first wire and realized that the inside of the wire was fibrous and not solid, I guess that's where I messed up. I tried splicing the wires back together with no extensions in place, but to no avail.
Now, I'm at a point where I bought a second ruggedized laptop for parts (I needed a floppy and a new ethernet card anyway) so at this point, I now have an untouched wiring harness and one with a few wires cut, but (hopefully) not mixed up.
I had also bought a Cold Heat soldering iron from Radio "Barn" but the tip is not narrow enough for delicate electronic work.
I'm looking for suggestions on getting the first cannibalized mutilated one to work, or barring that, I'd like advice on how to go about putting up an ad to pay someone to do this for me. I don't feel like buying a third laptop. :)