My board arrived today. Naturally I had to examine it as soon as I got it to see just how really small everything really is. It's smaller than the photos led me to believe. Challenging but still quite doable for a non-expert.
Going back over the posts and photos I was still somewhat perplexed regarding the mechanisim(s) for the ribbon connecters as described, so as I was looking at it I noticed some fuzz on the end of the white ribbon connector that's located on the left edge of the board. I picked it off, for the most part, with my fingers and got the remainder using a toothpick with the aid of a 4X glass and then turned my attention to the attachment of the delicate ribbon cables themselves .
Finally I got the latch mechanisim figured out and opened the latches, re-wrapped the board and returned it to the box for safe keeping 'till I do the swap. But the fuzz and the fact that the cable end connecter that it was stuck to was somewhat bent or distorted, from what one would think a factory direct product would look like, made me re-open my package and take a closer look.
Looking at the mounting positions I thought I could make out marking from previous fasteners but wasn't sure but I could see that things weren't exactly pristine. Some similar looking ( to the untrained eye
) fibers could be seen in various places on my NEW? board.
piece that was caught in the connecter.
Upon further examination I think I may have uncovered DNA or at least some evidence of my boards past. It's quite black and has split ends.
look in the white bedding compound to the right, you can see the fibers covering the stuff as well if you look closely.
PS: At least this should give some indication to the status of the supply. If Pioneer is shipping recycled parts for what seems to be full price I suspect the boards are getting scarce. If anyone is on the fence it might be time to get on board.
... no pun intended