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Bad USB mini B connection

by gladam / March 31, 2006 12:24 PM PST

I'm having a hard time getting my STORIX compact drive to recognize. I have to hold the mini USB connection to the side, which I don't like doing because I'm sure that's just going to make the problem worse in the long run. Any ideas for making the connection better? What I should investigate?

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by gladam / April 2, 2006 5:36 AM PDT

A friend of mine mentioned a type of spray to help connections, but I don't think he knew what he was talking about much. Can any of you help shed some light?

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Contact cleaner
by Willy / April 2, 2006 10:30 PM PDT
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The spray cleaner is a electronics "contact cleaner" found at Radio Smack or similar. Of course, it may not help but if you have corruded contacts or such, it could. if this problem came up recently and usage has been low, then replace mini-USB cable. There's really not too much you can do if the contacts are failing. Repair is best left to a pro if socket is kaput at system or end device side. If any warranty, use it. Some users have used a mini<->std. USB adapter. Its a small adapter that replaces the mini connection only for the "break point connection" the actual new break point is the std. USB sized contacts which should be more robust to wear. Look at: for such products or any other website.

tada -----Willy Happy

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2 ideas.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 2, 2006 7:20 AM PDT

1. Try a new cable.
2. Have a technician (person with good solder and repair skills) replace the failing socket.

I don't know of any spray that cures sockets.


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