Registered: Jul 2000
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Originally posted by dtrego
How bad are they bent? Completely flat, or just at an angle? If they're not too bad, you might be able to get a wirewrap tool (granted, not everyone has one laying around) onto the pins and straighten them out. Or a pair of super-thin needle-nose pliers.
If nothing else, I've got a parted-out VDx (no screen) that you could maybe swap parts with.
Are we the last two VDx owners out there?
Thanks for the suggestion -- it never occurred to me that there might be pliers narrow enough to get down in there, but I don't know that I'd have the dexterity to get them all sufficiently straightened out anyway. The worst of the pins are probably bent only about 45 degrees, but since there are so many pins and corresponding slots, they really all have to be perfectly straight for the springboard module to fit -- no room for error. Not to mention the fact that the pins seem so delicate that it's more than likely at least one of them will break off when I attempt to straighten it. Unfortunate design, really.
I actually have TWO other VDx's that have broken screens, but that as far as I know are otherwise in good shape. If I knew what I was doing, I'd try to swap parts out. But since the one with the broken pins at least is a working unit, I don't know that it's worth it for me to attempt a repair that's beyond my skill and risk ending up with three completely non-functioning units, yknow?