MaximRecoil Posted November 8, 2022 Share Posted November 8, 2022 I got four original 72-pin connectors yesterday that someone had replaced with aftermarket ones because they no longer worked, so I decided to make a video about cleaning them. I've yet to see an original 72-pin connector that wouldn't work like new again by simply cleaning it, and these four were no exception. It's a myth that they wear out and that's why they don't grip cartridges tightly and therefore you need to bend their pins up. They aren't designed to grip cartridges tightly until you press the carriage down, i.e., they are designed to be a ZIF connector (Zero Insertion Force). It's the same idea as a ZIF DIP socket; the chip inserts into it with no resistance, and then pushing the lever down tightens the contacts together. It seems like it's standard practice these days to throw away the high-quality original 72-pin connector and replace it with an aftermarket one, or ruin (IMO) the original one by bending its pins up, which is such a waste. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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