I never got the tools to properly work with one, but they're pretty straight forward. You can probably put a new end on by smashing it into a new connector, but who knows how good of termination you'd get. If it's like an IDE cable, it's just headers and sockets.
from me wiping the rubbing alcohol off. Yeah, I've flipped it a bunch and cleaned it with CRC QD Electronic Cleaner. It's much better than it was. Probably just needs some more "back and forth". I think it is that keyboard connector. I just took a few minutes and removed the 4 screws that hold... more
Is it just a ribbon cable?- Puckdropper,Thu Sep 15 2022 4:30am
Here's a pic I found online It's more like through hole IC pins on a "ribbon" like cable. I could solder another connector that plugs into the board onto these pins but might be easier to replace the socket on the board first.
Hopefully that's where the problem is. I think I saw something like that on a "make it a 286" chip upgrade. You pulled the 8088 out of the motherboard and plugged it into the board. You could then switch via a toggle switch between your 8088 and 80286. Of course the cable is missing on mine!
and security. Imagine having to double stick tape that thing somewhere! I wonder how much it made use of the ISA bus, especially with a direct connection. (I've seen things go from "none at all" to "oh yeah, we'd never ignore that!" so without looking at the card I'd just be guessing.)
they would need to use it to talk to other ISA cards installed as well. I think they had their own RAM on the board? But would still need to talk to the keyboard controller, serial port, and other cards for floppy drive/hard drive access. I'd guess they probably wouldn't work with onboard controllers.... more