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Replacement 600/800XL keyboard cables

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I had previously posted on another thread about a good candidate for replacement cables for 600/800XL keyboards and have since gone ahead with ordering some and testing them.  These are the TE Connectivity A9AAT series flat flex cables.  They are not available in 24 conductor, so I used two 12 conductor cables with the solder tabs.  This allowed easily soldering in the keyboard side of the cable, while the tabs plug in neatly to the pinch connector.  It does require careful alignment of the pins, however, but they seem to be quite secure, and the keyboard is now working great with very little effort.  Just keep in mind to be very careful desoldering the old cable from these cheap single-layer circuit boards, they are quite delicate.

 

Part numbers:

  TE Connectivity AMP Connectors A9AAT-1208F 12-conductor 8" (the A9AAT-1206F 6" cable can also be used)

  For the function keys: A9AAT-0803F (3") or A9AAT-0802F (2"), depending on the keyboard

 

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I have a hard time finding them for a reasonable price. Do you have a link and/or a price indication?

 

 

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16 minutes ago, BillC said:

Thanks! But that is way too expensive for me ;) I tried finding similar cables on ebay/aliexpress but no luck. I'll stick to ribbon/flat cables for my XL keyboard replacement project :)  With either replacing the 1x24P edge connector by a pin header, or a small adapter board (0.6/0.8mm thick) like in the 600XL. Two versions, one with the resistors for the 600XL, and one without.

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Thanks for posting. This looks very promising and a very easy fix, as well as extremely economical.

 

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