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:
Gently pry the metal cover outward to clear the latches along the sides:
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:
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:
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:
Unfortunately, I snapped off a locking tab on one of the ribbon cable connections to the main board:
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:
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:
It probably won’t last another decade, but ya never know …
8 thoughts on “Sony DSC-F717 Memory Stick Socket Cable Re-Rework”
Off topic, but have you received the recall notice for your Forester? It’s the Takata issue, frontal passenger airbag.
We saw the dealer as soon as we picked up our mail, and it won’t be until 4/24 before they can get ours.
There’s going to be a recall on the brake pressure switch, but Subaru doesn’t have the parts just yet. We had one fail in our 2012 last year, but the replacement is still subject to the recall. [sigh]
Looks like our 2015 Forester is off the list. Either Subaru changed suppliers in the 2012 redesign or the Takata shockwave hasn’t reached the post-2011 models.
As for the brake switch recall: to the best of my knowledge and belief, we have never applied any cleaners to the car, especially under the dashboard. [grin]
From what I’ve read, the pressure switch recall will go through at least the 2016 model year. The obvious-to-the-driver symptom is you can’t get the trans out of park. Loss of brake lights is the obvious-to-the-
tailgaterfollowing driver symptom.
“micro-smidgens”, nice unit! However, the best new unit I read used over on Hackaday: millihorsepower. I intend to use it all the time just to provoke thought.
You must have the patience of Job.
It’s always easier & faster the second or third time around, although the next failure will be the last failure.
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