USB cable hacking

Flemming Richter Mikkelsen quatrox at
Thu Aug 28 21:25:01 CEST 2008

On 2008-08-27, Al Johnson <openmoko at> wrote:
> On Wednesday 27 August 2008, Daniel Dadap wrote:
> > Problem is, the ID pin apparently exists only on the Mini-B connector,
> > and doesn't have a corresponding wire inside the USB cable. Has
> > anybody on the list done USB connector hacking, and have any tips on
> > how to get a resistor in there without interfering with plug in
> > operation?
> It's worse than that - the only UK source of mini-B plugs I've found is
> Maplin, and the connector only has 4 solder pads :-( They don't bother
> exposing the ID pin as it's so rarely used. So far as I can tell RS, Farnell,
> Rapid Electronics, CPC don't stock the plugs at all. Has anyone found a
> supplier? It's looking like I'll have to fall back on maplin plus surgery and
> delicate soldering...

You can order them from (stock # 42-710-11), but the
shipment is very expensive.

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