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#318633 by drunkencat
Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:55 am
here are some pics of the micro usb port I used to replace the broken sony crappy charge port I got to find some good fine wire to wire it up latter on this week I'll keep u guys posted

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#318689 by Hutchy
Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:35 pm
That's really cool! Sony is silly for not making it USB in the first place.
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#318712 by Gadorach
Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:47 pm
Glad to see that my confirmation on it's potential prompted you to try it. It's a great mod, and lets you save those Vitas that would otherwise become garbage. :)

PS, you can solder the last pin to the case ground, even the last two really, but it can cause it to not charge properly while on so I don't recommend it. Just the last one to avoid issues.
#318725 by mlc
Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:00 pm
And this will function to connect to a PS3 or PC CMA as well? Obviously it can't do anything about the encryption/protocol used, but presumably the Vita's "unique" charge port is just a USB port disguised by an overpriced proprietary cable?
#318732 by Gadorach
Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:07 pm
mlc wrote:And this will function to connect to a PS3 or PC CMA as well? Obviously it can't do anything about the encryption/protocol used, but presumably the Vita's "unique" charge port is just a USB port disguised by an overpriced proprietary cable?


The port acts just as you would expect of a normal PS Vita. Everything works flawlessly, you just need be able to solder to points that can make a grown man want to cry. ;)

And yes, it is just an overpriced connector now. Whether or not they originally planned to have it do other stuff is up in the air currently. It can transfer an audio signal to cradles and the like though, not that anyone needs it for that.
#318884 by drunkencat
Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:30 pm
Gadorach wrote:Glad to see that my confirmation on it's potential prompted you to try it. It's a great mod, and lets you save those Vitas that would otherwise become garbage. :)

PS, you can solder the last pin to the case ground, even the last two really, but it can cause it to not charge properly while on so I don't recommend it. Just the last one to avoid issues.

one intresting thing i noticed the usb vita side theres 6 wires in the usb 2 stand alone data lines and rest are grounds and power feeds also the cable pins are stagered so it may be able to tell what lines ground first I'm still maping the pins and I'm about to test it out and see my results
#319410 by drunkencat
Sat Dec 21, 2013 8:52 am
well I got good news wired it up quick to a usb cable and it works
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and the skill soldering of the data lines under a micro scope :p

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I'm going to wire up a micro usb as I get them in I may need to make supports so it holds strong to cade and board
#319762 by Gadorach
Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:51 pm
For support, I just soldered a tail from a resistor trimming to the farther ground points and bent it to shape, then I soldered the port to it from there. I haven't had any issues from that point. I did also later go back and add two more to connect to the other original ground points and the back of the port, but I doubt it's necessary, really.
#326926 by Siriusman
Thu Jan 16, 2014 3:15 am
I don't know much about electronics, so you may have to speak slowly, but if I connect the wires to a usb cable as shown, that would be sufficient? I know I'd have the cable sticking out, but I can live with that. What would I do with the extra wire sticking out from the usb cable? Pictures are useful, thanks mate. I'm very surprised you can't seem to buy replacement power ports.

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