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Mac Pro 5,1 daughterboard connector

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Hi all this should be dead easy but....

I have a 5,1 Mac Pro mid 2010. As you are prolly aware this has processor and memory on a daughterboard
allowing a choice of single and dual processor devices withe varying power and costs. For troubleshooting reasons, otherwise unexplained, I need to replicate the plug/socket interface between the boards as shown on the attached image. You would think this was a simple query, but nobody in the connector world has a clue, and even the Apple helpline were stumped as to where to find this simple component.

FYI its about 9cm long, rectangular, has 42 x 9 pins. This sounds like a lot of pins but only about 30 odd are connected so its not as frightening as it looks.

Any hardware gurus out there can point me in the right direction I will say a prayer for you.

Cheers

Martin
 

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I need to replicate the plug/socket interface between the boards as shown on the attached image.

FYI its about 9cm long, rectangular, has 42 x 9 pins.

@MartinLangley,

You got no chance as its an Apple proprietary interface ...

I very much doubt you'll be able to get one unless you know someone who is Apple authorised to repair macs and can access Apples legacy parts database. Even then I doubt you can purchase the connector as an individual component as Apple would never repair a failed daughter board, they would simply replace it with a new one.

Apple used a proprietary interface to stop 3rd party OEM's from producing alternate (IE: non Apple) CPU/RAM daughter boards, this locking you into Apple .... its what Apple have always done and always will do.

Cheers
Jay
 
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Well thanks a bunch, - that's a great help. I'm so much encouraged by your constructive contribution.

@MartinLangley,

Sorry ... was i meant to somehow sugar coat the answer to your question ?

Just giving you the facts ... bro.

I think your best (and maybe only) bet maybe to find a used/non-working daughter board on eBay/Craigs List and attempt to desolder the connector with a solder bath or Hot Plate or Hot-Air-Desolder-Station. It wont be easy but it is probably doable if you plan it right.

If it where me i would use a band saw to cut the section of PCB with the connector on it away from the rest of the d-board and then hold that section in a solder bath (or hot plate) to release the connector from the pcb segment making sure to only immerse the solder side of the pcb in the bath ...

Cheers
Jay
 
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