Without circuit board connectors, a standard circuit board would be fairly useless. These connectors for PC boards allow for output and input to and from the circuit board to peripherals. Without these connections, the circuit board would be little more than layers of fiberglass and wire.
It's not often that the general public thinks about PCB connectors as anything other than their more common names; USB port, video out, FireWire, and so on. Surface Mount Technology is a term used to describe most PCB Connectors as these mounts generally sit on the top of the board. Damage is more likely to occur to these devices since they rise above the surface of the board. Here are some important tips to remember about circuit board connectors:
1. Remember that PCB connectors serve a variety of purposes
2. PCB connectors add functionality to the circuit board
3. It is not uncommon for these connectors to fail
Troubleshoot PCB connector issuesHaving a circuit board connector fail can be frustrating, though the issue is often with the connection and not the PCB connector. Start by disconnecting and reconnecting the cable attached to the port, then try a new cable between the port and the external device if there is still no communication to the computer. Connect a new device to the port to verify that the issue is the port and not the hardware on the other end.
Find replacement PC board connectorsIf you have determined that the failure is not in the cable or external device, it may be time to replace the connector. Most IT departments are comfortable performing this level of replacement if necessary.
Solder a PC board connectorOne of the most important aspects of repairing or replacing a printed circuit board connector is the ability to solder. While some connectors may have handy "clip-on" connections, many will require soldering. This also means that the faulty connector will call for removal using a soldering iron, so be sure that the workstation has everything necessary to perform the repair.
- It's always best to have professionals repair any PCB connector or hardware issues you maybe suffering.
- Never attempt repairs on systems that are still under warranty.
- Disconnect power before making any repairs.