AES Memory Card Replacement

CyanPixie

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I have a Neo Geo AES with a broken memory socket. I desoldered it but not knowing the replacement was not correct I disposed of it. This makes life very hard and I am kicking myself for presuming a standard part would just work.

I have had a look at some photos on this forum and a few others and I think I can see what is going on, but can't be 100% sure.

There are 2 questions to this.

1) Does anyone know where I can get a replacement memory card socket from? I haven't been able to find an MVS board to scavenge from yet.

2) Does anyone have the pin-outs of the memory card socket and the corresponding pins on the motherboard? A standard PCMCIA socket from Digikey one does not work as the pins do not align. I was thinking of knocking up a converter board that could be used with something like a SMD socket and then soldered onto existing solder points on the board.

I am sure I am not the only one with this issue and would like a solution to getting a new port without mashed up pins.

I have only just started with the Neo Geo, so am not 100% sure where all the resources and information is located. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!
 

ack

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I've looked a few times in the past and was never able to find a viable replacement socket. If you find one with the correct pin space, be sure to compare the pinout of the datasheet with the numbering on the board. I'm pretty sure I came across a few sockets that could fit but the pin ordering was wrong.
 

BIG BEAR

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I may(not even sure yet) be able to salvage you one but it would cost you 50 USD plus 1st class postage.
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CyanPixie

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Yowch! Thanks Big Bear. Could you perhaps have a look at the pin outs of the slot if you do have one around? I am hoping to perhaps make a small board and re-route the PCMCIA pins which could possibly work. My reading on the datasheets is not that good - but I could possibly give it a go and knock a prototype up and cross fingers :D
 

BIG BEAR

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I could probably do a diagram.I recall there not being many active connections associated with it.
What revision is your AES?
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CyanPixie

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I have a 3-6.

Done the RGB mod already, so got a nicer output. :)

This is what I think it looks like. Correct me if I am wrong.....
 

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BIG BEAR

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I have a 3-6.

Done the RGB mod already, so got a nicer output. :)

This is what I think it looks like. Correct me if I am wrong.....
What are you trying to do here? Wire up that PCMCIA
Looks like it's aligned backwards...
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