[QUOTE=olyteddy;2658476]Rather than trying to replace the on board connector could you take a SATA cable, cut a connector off, strip the end and tack solder the wires to the MotherBoard?[/QUOTE]
I could, but as it is SATA-1, I don’t want to.
I may be a bit out of practice, but I used to work for one of Intel’s
R&D divisions turning the dreams of engineers into reality.
I may not be the best in the world with a soldering iron, but
I doubt that you could fill a Greyhound bus with people who
are better than I am, so I’m not really afraid to fix the board.
If I mess up the repair I’m no worse off than I am now, I’ll still
have five working SATA channels. The point is that until the connector broke I had SIX
I have another secret weapon, I have a collection of teeny-weeny
drill bits, so I have no intention of trying to blow, suck or wick the
solder out of the holes, I don’t want to apply heat to that delicate
board for as long as I’d need to to use “conventional” methods of
I’ll heat the solder just enough to yank the pins then I’ll use
an 0.012" drill bit in a pin vise to cut the solder out of the 0.020" diameter holes.
I am and always have been “mechanically inclined”.