There is virtually an
unlimited number of different ways in which leads can be made up for your
Below are some suggestions to get you started.
Using clips MAY at first seem like a
great idea however they can be far worse than what you are trying to avoid,
which is holding 2 needles in place for a few seconds which is much easier
and less expensive than sourcing and mucking around with clips or WORSE
soldering to the pins.
I recommend using 2 long needles [NOT
Stainless Steel] and a GND clip, You only need
the GND clip if you are using another ThinkPad to view messages from KMX,
when using Zap SVP button with a USB port from the locked ThinkPad
supplying power to KMX then the GND connection has already been made by
the USB connector GND.
All KeyMakers are shipped with a 4 way lead
There are many different ways that you can take in making
up your own probes to use with your KeyMaker.
Below is one way it can be done, 2 ordinary
[not Stainless Steel] long needles and a clip [any alligator clip] is all
Above the finished article connected to
the KeyMaker board's I2C connector
Dual 4 way male header inserted into the
end of the 4 way lead with additional cables soldered to one side of the
header, colours matching the layout of the KeyMaker board's I2C Connector below.
Note: Ordinary sticky tape used for
Another way of making a cable with 180
Ohm 0.25W resistors in series with the SDA and SCL cables, heat shrink
used to protect the resistors etc
KMX1 as shipped with a 4 way cable
with a locking connector on one end.
Note: the clip, pins, resistors, heat shrink
and extra cable length are NOT supplied.
You will need to source those yourself.
If you do not have a soldering iron, you
can strip the ends of the new cables, twist the ends together then hold the cable in place
and insulate it by wrapping with tape.
At the other end of the cable a long
steel pining needle (no, NOT stainless steel as that will NOT
Note the insulation provided in 2 places
by sticky tape, at the top to prevent sweaty fingers interfering
electrically and at the tip to prevent short circuit in places where the
pins ends very close to each other, see R52 photos further down this
In my example the wire is soldered, you
could also wraps the stripped end of the cable around the pins and cover
with sticky tape.
Label the 2 cables SCL and SDA near the
For the GND connection we use a larger
hook clip, it needs to be larger as it usually connected to a metal
bracket inside the TP for the GND connection. Read more on -> GND
You can also use heat shrink tubing to insulate
Now putting it to use on 2 versions of
The black GND hook on the left above, connected
to the metal fingers which hold the memory in an R52
Photo from the EEPROM location pages,
showing the connections for this version of the R52
Now you can appreciate the need to wrap
the lower part of the pins with insulating sticky tape or heat shrink
tubing as the needles do
end up very close together.
The other version of the R52 board.
the connections from the EEPROM location page
The probes applied to SDA and SCL, this
time they are even closer together, so it is a good idea to have the ends
of your probes insulated with either sticky tape or heat shrink tubing.
Note the GND clip on the left clipped to
the metal finger which normally holds memory in place.
Other ways to make your leads.
The Pomona SMD Grabber Test Clip Patch Cord is ideal for
clipping your SDA and SCL leads to EEPROM pins.
You only need one test lead, cut the cable in half and
use one half for SDA and the other half for SCL, you should attach a label
near the end so you don't confuse the 2 leads.
You can find the Pomona leads easily by searching on the
Below, photo from a customer who purchased 2 different
colour Pomona SMD Grabbers (pairs), cut them in half and used one Red and
One black clip for SDA and SCL plus a larger black clip for GND
Pomona clips applied to an 8 pin 24Rf08.
NOTE: You will need very good
lighting and a magnifying glass to attach these, these are large macro
photos, the actual 24RF08 and its pins are very small.
STRAIN RELIEF - you can
easily apply sufficient force to damage the 24RF08 pins with these clips,
To avoid damage, make sure you place no strain
to the pins by using adhesive tape to tape the cable a short distance from
the pins so that any pulling on the other end of the cable does not
translate to strain on the 24RF08 pins.
These clips can also be used with the 14
pin 24F08 which has even more delicate pins, so the strain relief and
care is even MORE IMPORTANT.
Another customer supplied photo, he used the supplied 4
way cable connected to a Pomona SOIC-CLIP 5250 which is suitable for
connection to an 8
pin SOIC for example the 8 pin 24RF08
3M also sell a SOIC clip, 8 pin version depicted below
The problem with using SOIC clips is the area
immediately around the pins has to be clear of components else you
cannot get the clip down far enough to make contact with the pins,
usually there will be components in the way, so the clip cannot be used.
DO NOT MODIFY THE SOIC CLIP BY GRINDING PLASTIC AWAY
else there is NOTHING to exert pressure to contact the pins
DO NOT DO THIS !
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