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A Damaged USB Mini B Port Replaced On A Digital Camera

By on July 16, 2021
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A camera sales person came to my shop and brought a digital camera for repair. One of the issues that this camera had was a damaged USB mini B port that needed a replacement.

replacement usb in digital camera

That is an old but an amazing camera and it has a minor issue.

The main concern for me was to take apart the camera just to fix that damaged port.

how to fix digital camera with usb problem

I never took a part a complicated camera like this but when I checked on line for  service manual I found one and it helped me to take it apart, fix the damage and put it back together..Here is the process.

how to fix a broken usb port in digital camera

Here is the camera model number; it is a discontinued product and that is why I was able to find and down load the service manual for it.

digital camera circuit board

This camera has two sides to it and a lot of screws to take out but the nice thing about it, all the screws were the same size and that made things simpler.

digital camera usb mini port replacement

That is the opposite side and that is what I was trying to reach.

More screws and more boards to take out.

circuit board for digital camera

I was getting closer but not yet

a broken mini usb port

Finally I got to the board that is holding the damaged port, wrapped it with heat tape and with my heat station sit to 400 C and a little bit of flux I was able to take the damaged port out and replaced it with a new one.

mini usb port replacement

how to fix and repair usb port in digital camera

The replacement was soldered on board, put everything back together and called the customer to come and pick up.

Yes, it is any easy job to replace the damaged port but taking this camera apart was time consuming especially with all the screws, flex cables everywhere  but it was finally done and I was happy with the outcome.

Mission Accomplished.

This article was prepared for you by Waleed Rishmawi, one of our ‘Master Authors’ and currently working in the Bethlehem area of Palestine repairing electrical and electronic equipment.

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  1. Albert van Bemmelen

    July 16, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Although it is a discontinued product it already is a modern digital camera opposed to the even older analogue cameras that preceded these. Hence the modern USB connectors. Good thing that you found a service manual to easily take apart the right screws in the right sequence, and how to put everything back again afterwards.

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      July 16, 2021 at 5:44 pm

      Albert: yes, the quality of the picture in this camera is amazing and so complicated to take apart. if I get this camera again in my shop, I would not even look at the service manual any more because I know how to do it and that is the most beautiful thing ever. have a blessed day

  2. Parasuraman Subramanian

    July 16, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    That was an amazing fix there, dear! Good job!

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      July 16, 2021 at 5:44 pm

      Parasuraman: yes it was and I have fun doing it and learning new experiences. have a blessed day my friend

  3. Sanjeev

    July 17, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    Sir , Damagead usb port ( in RED box ) looks like male but replaced one
    looks female ?

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      July 19, 2021 at 2:39 pm

      Sanjeev: yes it looks like that because the plastic is broken on the original one. have a good day


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