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    Relocating Lilliput Control Panel

    The location of my screen in my dash is such that the Lilliput controls will be hard to reach. I'd like to relocate the "control panel" board, but need a longer ribbon cable to do so. Does anyone have a source for the paper-thin, white, 13-16 conductor ribbon cable?? Searched and only found the typical stranded stuff IDE cables etc. are made from.
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    Try digikey.com, look for parlex flat ribbon cable. I don't recall the pitch on this one. I think its 1mm not 0.5mm. Pretty common stuff.

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    I searched on that site you listed STIdev and I wasn't able to find anything myself. Would you be able to link us to it directly?
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    I found some under "flat flex cable." Looks like a minimum order is about $1000.
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    I'v seen shops that selll ribon cable in differen sizes(localy). I am planning to get a 15' ribbon eide cable to relocate my disk drive. Trt a google search flat ribbon cable it may not be in the first ten results but there will be something thereb
    I f you have some experiens with hooking up cable end coneectors you can probably use this. I am sure there are also smaller sizes, and connector kits to simplify constuction.
    look at this link:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=31494

    I don't see why this won't work unless it is too long and the signal gets weak

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    Nope that's regular old ribbon cable. This is the paper-thin TOTALLY flat stuff. I guess if I have to I could remove the connectors and solder on a regular ribbon cable like that but it would be nice to not have to do something that permanent.

    I was hoping someone that had disassembled their screen, and worked in the electronics industry might have seen a similar cable used in something. I know they are used in commercial CD players, but those are even smaller/shorter. Printers maybe???? They are most commonly used where there is movement and the cable needs to roll/unroll as a mechanism moves.
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    I was going through my box of goodies and found I have a 2-3 foot cable of 26 wire ribbon cable from an old scanner. But I am not at home right now so when I do get home this evening I will check the length and see how many wires it was, if posible maybe I will cut it down and split it with you. You need a 13 conductor cable right?

    Also if I am able to split the cable you'll just have to pay shipping on it and its yours
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    We just moved the board behind the screen, and took the remote eye, unsoldered it, and added wire. Then we glued it in it's original place, and used the remote to control the screen. Wokred great. Actually, the eye can be moved anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pplante
    I was going through my box of goodies and found I have a 2-3 foot cable of 26 wire ribbon cable from an old scanner. But I am not at home right now so when I do get home this evening I will check the length and see how many wires it was, if posible maybe I will cut it down and split it with you. You need a 13 conductor cable right?

    Also if I am able to split the cable you'll just have to pay shipping on it and its yours
    Thanks I really appreciate it. It has to be just the right stuff though. I have a piece from a 100 disc CD player mechanism here too, but the traces are too wide and too widely spaced. I'll take some measurements.
    Here is a pic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Altimat
    Thanks I really appreciate it. It has to be just the right stuff though. I have a piece from a 100 disc CD player mechanism here too, but the traces are too wide and too widely spaced. I'll take some measurements.
    Here is a pic.
    This company seems to have what you need

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