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Rebel XT - damaged ribbon cable from cmos

I am an astrophotographer and wanted to take the infrared filter out of my new camera. The modification went well until I got to re-assembly. I made a small tear in the main ribbon cable from the cmos.  I am looking for suggestions. Can I buy a new ribbon cable? Do I have to buy a new cmos? Can anyone out there do the microsurgery to repair the 2mm tear in the cable? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

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  • wmyers7737 Aug 18, 2008

    thank you for the suggestion.
    I could solder the connection at the cmos without too much trouble. The connection at the clip end is a different matter. There are approx. 15 connections in the space of about an inch. It is just too small for any standard solder technique. I even tried to used conductive epoxy but by the time you put the epoxy on a single copper strand, it is much to thick, it covers 3 connections. Is it possible to buy a new ribbon cable? I could then de-solder it from the cmos and re-solder the new one.
    Thanks!!

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I would suggest soldering a very fine wire jumper cable to bridge the tear. However this is impossible on the ribomn cable itself. You woul have to trace the break to the solderpoint on the back of the sensor. Having said that soldering the jumper at the other end would be the problem as the cable although bare needs to slide into a clip. I did successfully "jumper a ribbon cable on a rebel 300D .. fortunately I was able to locate 2 solder points.

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