PowerStrip (note the brand in the lower-left corner) is very useful software for adjusting low-level settings.
I don't understand why it's so hard to get the FEMALE version of the MDR plug - it's madness. For some reason, it seems nobody makes extensions of these cables.
Well, at the very least, an alternative to the link above to source the plug parts is here: http://www.mouser.com, part #'s 517-10120-3000PE for the plug and 517-10320-52A0-008 for the plastic shell; and then there's about 10 million variations for boardmount, angle mount, etc. But all male; if you want a female one, it seems you MUST get a boardmount, can't get a solderable one. I'm trying to make an extension for the cable, so I ended up buying a panel mount female, and will see if I can somehow manage to solder the wires onto it.
Update: ribbon cable DOES NOT WORK. I dunno if it's because 28AWG is too thin for the wires, or there's crosstalk, or what. But I used the connectors in my post above to build a custom ribbon cable (about 10ft long, wired straight through, pin1->pin1, pin20->pin20, which is how the original cable checks out with an ohm-meter), and I get nothing. Monitor powers up, flashes "no signal", then the speaker starts buzzing. Grr.
Hi, not sure this is the right thread, but here is the schematic of the 26 pin cable for the Xenarc 700CSH, broken out to DVI, USB, VGA, 3xRCA and 3.5mm jack connectors:
The plug can be found here:
The PCB receptacle:
I only tested the DVI and USB connectors, please let me know if you find mistakes. If anyone wants the eagle files, send me a PM.