Igor Kromin |   Consultant. Coder. Blogger. Tinkerer. Gamer.

NOTE: This article is 3 years or older so its information may no longer be relevant. Read on at your own discretion! Comments for this article have automatically been locked, refer to the FAQ for more details.
I've had my Raspberry Pi Model A for quite a time and it's got quite a workout over the years and unfortunately the USB port became really mangled. The pins inside somehow got bent out of shape and none of the devices plugged in would work. At first I thought this spelled the end for this Model A RPi, however after a bit of thinking I decided that I could just desolder the USB port and replace it with a USB type B cable.

This is what the port looked like...Nothing is going to work in that!
CIMG5939.JPG


After a bit of coercion with the soldering iron, the USB port came out. It wasn't a clean extraction but I got it out. At the same time I stripped and tinned the USB cable end.

CIMG5940.JPG CIMG5941.JPG


Then it was just a matter of soldering in the cable where the old USB port was.
CIMG5943.JPG




The reason I chose to use a USB type B cable is so that it can plug into my USB hub directly. Essentially it means that instead of 1 USB port my RPi now had 7!
IMG_0701.jpg


So does this work? Indeed it does! Here's a photo of the RPi compiling a new kernel. So far I've not had any issues with this set up. WiFi works, USB storage works, keyboard works, seems very functional overall.
IMG_0702.jpg


-i

Skip down to comments...
A quick disclaimer...

Although I put in a great effort into researching all the topics I cover, mistakes can happen. If you spot something out of place, please do let me know.

All content and opinions expressed on this Blog are my own and do not represent the opinions of my employer (Oracle). Use of any information contained in this blog post/article is subject to this disclaimer.
 
comments powered by Disqus
Other posts you may like...