[Arm-netbook] User Replaceable Sockets?

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at lkcl.net
Wed Apr 1 09:25:39 BST 2015

On Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 12:06 AM, Alexander Stephen Thomas Ross
<maillist_arm-netbook at aross.me> wrote:
> i was wondering about how things like usb sockets and audio and power
> barrow jacks could be replaced by users or if not then at least not so
> hard to replace? as they do seam to get knackered due to accidents that
> happen (partly due to risky living but even then mistakes can and do
> happen -it only takes one hard tug of a cable to damage the socket.-).

 yehh i know.  it's the perennial problem.

> would it be possible for rhombus-tech products to have a feature like
> this sooner than later? or to do it really nicely does it need more ££££
> to pay for fancy plastic to click n' replace and therefore with the
> challenge of just getting products out there and waiting and seeing how
> things go with the first products it's a feature that if it's going to
> be implemented, it's one that would be put off for future products?

 yep, in a word.

 it doesn't matter what you do, it will always cost more.  one
possibility is a custom connector that has flying leads to the PCB,
and attaches to the casework not the PCB.  another is a small PCB with
flying leads.

 but either way you are still looking at disassembly or warranty
replacement (most people in mass-volume would simply take a damaged
unit back to the shop even if it was their own fault, claiming
otherwise, that the unit "should have survived being dropped i.e. is
not fit for purpose if it couldn't survive being dropped").


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