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    Question about hacking a vga cable..

    I was wondering if there was anyone who had hacked a vga hd15 cable to make it shorter..

    What I mean by this is, the car that I have doesn't have that much of a clearance to the back of it and this plastic thing is blocking the way. The way I figured it is, I could either bash up the whole bracket in the back or I could cut the vga head and just connect the wires up to the socket.

    basically, a vga connection looks like this...


    and all i want to do is remove that blue housing so i can have about an inch and a half of room to slide my ts all the way in.

    kinda looks like this (took from rscherp)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shidoken View Post
    I was wondering if there was anyone who had hacked a vga hd15 cable to make it shorter..

    What I mean by this is, the car that I have doesn't have that much of a clearance to the back of it and this plastic thing is blocking the way. The way I figured it is, I could either bash up the whole bracket in the back or I could cut the vga head and just connect the wires up to the socket.

    basically, a vga connection looks like this...


    and all i want to do is remove that blue housing so i can have about an inch and a half of room to slide my ts all the way in.

    kinda looks like this (took from rscherp)

    You should have no problem removing the plastic parts of the connectors, Basically, the wires connect to the back of the metal D-SUB part. If you can free that metal part, you can then remove the pastic. Just keep in mind that the plastic gives it strain relief, so the wires do no pull out. You will need to do something to keep the wires from straining the solder connections on the back of the actual D-SUB.

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    You could try something like this:
    http://www.cablestogo.com/product_list.asp?cat_id=3428

    This site seems kinda pricey though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiODi View Post
    You could try something like this:
    http://www.cablestogo.com/product_list.asp?cat_id=3428

    This site seems kinda pricey though.
    That won't solve the OP's problem. He wants to remove the block at the end of the cable.

    Shidoken, that blue part is over molded, and is a pain in the arse to remove. It has a clear platic shield under it (can't see it until you start cutting away).
    Also, there is a ground wire that is soldered to the outer edge of the 15 pin d-sub shell. This is usually not a wire, but wire braid. Use caution if you plan to take an xacto knife to it.
    If you can solder, pick up a 15 pin d-sub shell, cut the blue end off and solder the wires back to the new conn. The pinouts for vga are all over the net. You will need an ohm meter to probe the wires, since they don't always use the same colors.
    (note, this pic is not a vga d-sub, but similar)
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    Thanks for all the help!

    I think I'll try cutting off the molding even if it's a pain in the arse to do.. I already clipped some of the screws on it and it can't be returned now. If it gets too tough I'll try motorcity's method of just rewiring the connections to that d-sub connection.

    I know that by doing this the socket will be pretty weak and can be pulled out easily with strain on the wires. I will try to glue gun the solder points and maybe wrap the whole thing in heatshrink tubing or electrical tape.

    Again, thank you guys for the help.. I'm still a newbie at this.

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