I've had a guts-full of proprietary standards lately, been reading too much about the Microsoft Open XML format.
Maybe that was the reason I felt the need to attack this old Compaq laptop to remove it's burden of incompatibility and nuisance.
The IEC figure-8 connector I thought to be a standard-enough replacement for the mickey-mouse connector (if viewed upside down) it was fitted with. Why can't more laptops be like this? Toshiba have it right but Dell need to get a clue, their power connectors are straight from hell.
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Comment by rscole86, on 27-Aug-2007 18:28
I assume that the centre pin on that earthed figure eight is larger than the normal figure eight pins?
W1350 - and therefore ths cable will not do the trick?
Comment by paradoxsm, on 27-Aug-2007 18:50
It's called a "Cloverleaf" of all names.
Prop connectors plain suck, That was one of the huge buying points for the N95, standard jacks all round asides the stupidly small charger.
The ipod connector is slightly useful though if you make up one, "do it all" cable.
Comment by ZollyMonsta, on 28-Aug-2007 09:17
Something I absolutely hate are those tiny motherboard pin headers for the case front buttons. Surely by now they should have come to some sort of agreement on a standard plug.
Comment by xcubed, on 28-Aug-2007 13:39
It may be a cheap and easy fix, but your laptop is not earthed anymore! Congratulations, you are now a potential candidate for the Darwin Awards!
There is a reason why you need to be a licensed (as a Electrical Service Technician) to perform electrical work on mains powered devices.
barf: did you not notice the small black earth wire?
Comment by inane, on 28-Aug-2007 14:44
you are right, and wrong at the same time,
believe it or not I have seen cables similar to this, with a ground at the machine side,
but not at the wall plug!!! thats super dodgy to me!
Comment by xcubed, on 29-Aug-2007 15:39
Apologies for not recognising the small black wire as an earth and I agree that it's unlikely to cause you any harm.
My point is merely that while there are many appliances that are double-insulated (eg: Xboxes, hair dryers, etc), these devices are specifically designed to operate without an earth. It's not a good idea to remove earthing from an appliance that is supplied with an earth from the factory.
Yeah a two pin wall plug to a three pin device is definitely dodgy!
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