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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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  1. #1 by RCPete on 2019-03-21 - 10:35

    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]

    • #2 by Ed on 2019-03-21 - 11:31

      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]

      • #3 by RCPete on 2019-03-21 - 12:24

        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-tailgater following driver symptom.

  2. #4 by Jason Doege on 2019-03-21 - 11:43

    “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.

  3. #5 by David Davis on 2019-03-25 - 06:06

    You must have the patience of Job.

    • #6 by Ed on 2019-03-27 - 09:09

      It’s always easier & faster the second or third time around, although the next failure will be the last failure.

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