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Archive for March 21st, 2019

Sony DSC-F717 Memory Stick Socket Cable Re-Rework

Once again, the Memory Stick socket cable in my trusty DSC-F717 camera became erratic, leading to continuous C:13:01 “format error” crashes, so I tore it apart. Proceed as before, until the camera carcass disgorges the socket:

DSC-F717 - Memory Stick socket - side latches
DSC-F717 – Memory Stick socket – side latches

Gently pry the metal cover outward to clear the latches along the sides:

DSC-F717 - Memory Stick socket cover latches
DSC-F717 – Memory Stick socket cover latches

The cover remains held in place by two tabs inside the holes on either side of the Memory Stick contacts, one of which is already free in the previous photo:

DSC-F717 - Memory Stick socket - bottom
DSC-F717 – Memory Stick socket – bottom

The small spring on the left ejects the Memory Stick and will, if suitably provoked, launch itself across the bench. Be prepared!

Use a pointy instrument to ease those tabs away from their latches and pop the top:

DSC-F717 - opened Memory Stick socket
DSC-F717 – opened Memory Stick socket

I cleaned the contacts, not that they appeared particularly filthy, gently bent them upward by three micro-smidgens to apply a bit more pressure to the card’s contacts, and reassembled the socket in reverse order.

I put a strip of Kapton tape on the back of the cable termination paddle (shown here during the previous repair) to ensure a snug fit:

DSC-F717 Memory Stick socket - cable entry
DSC-F717 Memory Stick socket – cable entry

Unfortunately, I snapped off a locking tab on one of the ribbon cable connections to the main board:

DSC-F717 - broken cable clamp
DSC-F717 – broken cable clamp

The cable threads through the middle of the clamp, which then slides into the socket and applies pressure to the contacts through the cable: no clamp, no pressure, no good.

For lack of anything smarter, I tamped the clamp into the socket and applied a strip of Kapton tape to maintain everything in more-or-less the right position:

DSC-F717 - tape-anchored cable
DSC-F717 – tape-anchored cable

Definitely unpretty, but better than nothing. While I was in there, I reinforced the other connections with similar clamps.

Reassemble the camera in reverse order and it’s all good:

DSC-F717 - repaired - first image
DSC-F717 – repaired – first image

It probably won’t last another decade, but ya never know …

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