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Need to fix a printed circuit board

Discussion in 'Troubleshooting and Repair' started by RCS, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. RCS

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    I have a circuit board off of a Garmin GPS device that needs to be repaired. A part has come off the circuit board that is the female connector to the USB port that allows me to transfer data to/from my GPS device.

    Attached to this email are two photos of the circuit board and USB female connector that came apart from the circuit board. The circuit board is approximately the size of a quarter.

    Does anyone know of a person that could fix this circuit board for a reasonable price?
     

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  2. CocaCola

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    Hard to tell from the picture, but if there is no physical damage to either the socket or the board, I'll solder it back together for you no charge, just cover my cost for shipping and the padded envelop to ship it back to you... First class mail and envelop should be about $2 total... If it needs further repair beyond just soldering we can discus that further at that point...

    Here is an email you can contact me at, I will only check this for the next 48 hours after that the email will self destruct...

    bleckyocseg (at) dunflimblag.mailexpire.com
     
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  3. RCS

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    Thank you for the offer. Email sent.


     
  4. CocaCola

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    Email returned...
     
  5. CocaCola

    CocaCola

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    If anyone cares, this item was mailed to me and is already on the way back to the OP as we speak, they should have it any day now all fixed up... To the OP's credit he was very attentive, prompt and professional about getting the item to me for repair with an included self addressed stamped envelope for return, no dragging his feet, and this made it all go smooth... Small repairs like this are borderline fun (it's still work :) ) when it's this smooth...
     
  6. markm6164

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    Nice work CocaCola
     
  7. KrisBlueNZ

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    "I love it when a plan comes together!" - Hannibal, "The A Team"
     
  8. (*steve*)

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    Well done. Also to RCS for making it as easy as possible for CocaCola.
     
  9. RCS

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    Thank you very much for the kind words and excellent work! The repaired circuit board arrived today. It looked like a brand new circuit board, very professional job and very professional packaging.

    I installed the repaired circuit board in the gps unit and tested data transfer through the circuit board several times. Works great. I've attached a few pictures of the gps unit before and after installation.

    CocaCola, you are a lifesaver. I had no way to repair the unit and with your help I now have a unit that is better than new.
     

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  10. CocaCola

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    Glad to hear it's all working, and as you said 'better than new' I believe this to be true as the original socket was done in a reflow oven with your standard bare minimum amount of screened on solder paste... This leaves just a surface to surface soldering connection... When I soldered it down. I was a little heavier with the solder and made a little fillet with the solder up the sides of the anchor points... This should result in a stronger overall hold...

    Good luck with the unit and hopefully you get many years more of service from it now...
     
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