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Pod HD Desktop - broken USB jack: replacement?

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My Pod HD Desktop's USB jack is broken. Probably my fault for leaving it under my desk with a computer right behind it; I'm guessing it got knocked by the cleaning lady or maybe even me.  I opened up the unit to inspect, and the jack has a piece that now slides back when you insert the connector.  I tried holding that piece in place while inserting the connector, and still no connection to the computer.

 

Has anyone replaced their USB jack? Is a board-mounted female Type B jack a standardized part that I can buy with pretty good confidence that it will fit this unit, or do the specs vary as far as dimensions, connectors, etc.? Rather not pay $90/hour plus shipping to send this unit to Line 6 for service if I can avoid it.

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Problem is that the circuit board itself is often damaged when the jack is damaged. You may not be able to fix it without replacing the board, and you likely have to get the board from Line 6.

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Line 6 Guitar Effects Processor USB Jack

 

I guess the one above here will do, but as said above by silverhead, if also the internal PCB board is damaged and/or the USB chip controller is gone, the repair becomes more complex and costly

 

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Thank you, hurghanico -- that looks like exactly what I need.  Ordered.

 

I appreciate the heads-up from you and silverhead regarding a potentially damaged circuit board, and I will inspect it for cracked traces, etc. when I go to swap out the USB jack.  If the circuit board's broken, I can just replace the unit for $150 used, rather than spend a bunch on servicing to find that out and still have to replace it.  I just hope that I backed up all my saved presets last time I made any changes.

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9 minutes ago, Alex_SF said:

Thank you, hurghanico -- that looks like exactly what I need.  Ordered.

 

I appreciate the heads-up from you and silverhead regarding a potentially damaged circuit board, and I will inspect it for cracked traces, etc. when I go to swap out the USB jack.  If the circuit board's broken, I can just replace the unit for $150 used, rather than spend a bunch on servicing to find that out and still have to replace it.  I just hope that I backed up all my saved presets last time I made any changes.

 

Time ago with my HD500 I've been lucky since I replaced just the broken USB jack and solved 100% my issue.

Wish the same luck to you.

 

Be careful with the solder iron not to burn anything in the working zone of the board. It's not so easy to desolder and solder properly without doing other damages if you are not a tech and/or have some experience.

 

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Thanks again for the pointers to FullCompass for the parts.  I just replaced the USB jack, and also the rotary encoder, which I discovered was also messed up (I normally use Pod HD Edit to switch patches on this thing, so no telling how long that's been broken).  The four USB jack connectors that solder to the board were totally sheared off; I'm sure now that the unit got kicked or something while plugged in on the floor.  Fired it up and tested the connections; both replaced parts seem to be working correctly now.

 

One last question, if anyone's still paying attention: I found these little black plastic bushings or spacers inside the unit (like a 3/8" long section of hard plastic tubing, about 3/8" in diameter), but can't tell what they go to.  The unit went back together fine with nothing seemingly loose; does anyone know what those spacers do?

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3 hours ago, Alex_SF said:

One last question, if anyone's still paying attention: I found these little black plastic bushings or spacers inside the unit (like a 3/8" long section of hard plastic tubing, about 3/8" in diameter), but can't tell what they go to.  The unit went back together fine with nothing seemingly loose; does anyone know what those spacers do?

 

I know what they are for, they must be applied from the inside to each jack end, they are important for the stability of the jack sockets and to ensure a good tightening with the external nuts of each of them.

It always happens that when the main board comes off, those black plastic rings fall from the jack sockets.

To do a good job of reassembly, they all have to be repositioned on their respective jacks, but unfortunately this makes it more difficult to get the main board back in place without the rings falling again.

It takes a lot of patience, I know it because I've done it several times, but I think the plastic rings need to be repositioned in their place to avoid problems that could occur later.

 

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