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    jpitz31 got a reaction from abc in Embedded for a 10 year old?   
    I would rather go with conductive thread and other fabric based components before I would go the conductive paint/epoxy. As mentioned, pricey, high resistance, joining standard parts to existing materials.  Conductive thread, sneak your wife's sewing machine, get some cheap fabric and sew your parts on a fabric circuit board, I guess that would be an FCB.
     
    Check out Adafruit, they have lots of fabric based components.  
     
    Thanks
     
    Joe
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    jpitz31 got a reaction from RobG in My Attempt at the LaunchPad ZIF socket   
    Hi All,
     
    I have read the other posts about the problems with attempting to unsolder the chip socket from the mps430 launchpad.  Believe me I have a stack of trashed boards that have the through hole copper trace shot.  I also wanted to retain the onboard 32Khz watch crystal.
     
    So digging through the parts box and trying different things I came up with the following easy to install version of the ZiIF socket install.
     
    I purchased some 10 pin female header sockets, trimmed the pins down.  Purchases a few ZIF sockets, mine indicate TFXTDOL.
     
    Removed the msp430 chip, Inserted the female pin headers and inserted the ZIF socket.
     
    Concerned that the longer pins and socket would interfere with the operation of the watch crystal I downloaded the Verify_Crystal and tested the program.
     
    At first I had some issues with the crystal faulting.  But after added the following line to the program.  The Verify_Crystal program runs just fine.
     
    BSCCTL3 |= XCAP_3;  which enables the 12.5 pF.
     
    Enclosed are some pics.
     
    Easy Peasy
     
     


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    jpitz31 got a reaction from Automate in My Attempt at the LaunchPad ZIF socket   
    Hi All,
     
    I have read the other posts about the problems with attempting to unsolder the chip socket from the mps430 launchpad.  Believe me I have a stack of trashed boards that have the through hole copper trace shot.  I also wanted to retain the onboard 32Khz watch crystal.
     
    So digging through the parts box and trying different things I came up with the following easy to install version of the ZiIF socket install.
     
    I purchased some 10 pin female header sockets, trimmed the pins down.  Purchases a few ZIF sockets, mine indicate TFXTDOL.
     
    Removed the msp430 chip, Inserted the female pin headers and inserted the ZIF socket.
     
    Concerned that the longer pins and socket would interfere with the operation of the watch crystal I downloaded the Verify_Crystal and tested the program.
     
    At first I had some issues with the crystal faulting.  But after added the following line to the program.  The Verify_Crystal program runs just fine.
     
    BSCCTL3 |= XCAP_3;  which enables the 12.5 pF.
     
    Enclosed are some pics.
     
    Easy Peasy
     
     


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    jpitz31 got a reaction from dubnet in My Attempt at the LaunchPad ZIF socket   
    Hi All,
     
    I have read the other posts about the problems with attempting to unsolder the chip socket from the mps430 launchpad.  Believe me I have a stack of trashed boards that have the through hole copper trace shot.  I also wanted to retain the onboard 32Khz watch crystal.
     
    So digging through the parts box and trying different things I came up with the following easy to install version of the ZiIF socket install.
     
    I purchased some 10 pin female header sockets, trimmed the pins down.  Purchases a few ZIF sockets, mine indicate TFXTDOL.
     
    Removed the msp430 chip, Inserted the female pin headers and inserted the ZIF socket.
     
    Concerned that the longer pins and socket would interfere with the operation of the watch crystal I downloaded the Verify_Crystal and tested the program.
     
    At first I had some issues with the crystal faulting.  But after added the following line to the program.  The Verify_Crystal program runs just fine.
     
    BSCCTL3 |= XCAP_3;  which enables the 12.5 pF.
     
    Enclosed are some pics.
     
    Easy Peasy
     
     


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    jpitz31 got a reaction from spirilis in My Attempt at the LaunchPad ZIF socket   
    Hi All,
     
    I have read the other posts about the problems with attempting to unsolder the chip socket from the mps430 launchpad.  Believe me I have a stack of trashed boards that have the through hole copper trace shot.  I also wanted to retain the onboard 32Khz watch crystal.
     
    So digging through the parts box and trying different things I came up with the following easy to install version of the ZiIF socket install.
     
    I purchased some 10 pin female header sockets, trimmed the pins down.  Purchases a few ZIF sockets, mine indicate TFXTDOL.
     
    Removed the msp430 chip, Inserted the female pin headers and inserted the ZIF socket.
     
    Concerned that the longer pins and socket would interfere with the operation of the watch crystal I downloaded the Verify_Crystal and tested the program.
     
    At first I had some issues with the crystal faulting.  But after added the following line to the program.  The Verify_Crystal program runs just fine.
     
    BSCCTL3 |= XCAP_3;  which enables the 12.5 pF.
     
    Enclosed are some pics.
     
    Easy Peasy
     
     


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    jpitz31 reacted to cubeberg in My Attempt at the LaunchPad ZIF socket   
    Looks pretty cool!
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    jpitz31 got a reaction from cubeberg in My Attempt at the LaunchPad ZIF socket   
    Hi All,
     
    I have read the other posts about the problems with attempting to unsolder the chip socket from the mps430 launchpad.  Believe me I have a stack of trashed boards that have the through hole copper trace shot.  I also wanted to retain the onboard 32Khz watch crystal.
     
    So digging through the parts box and trying different things I came up with the following easy to install version of the ZiIF socket install.
     
    I purchased some 10 pin female header sockets, trimmed the pins down.  Purchases a few ZIF sockets, mine indicate TFXTDOL.
     
    Removed the msp430 chip, Inserted the female pin headers and inserted the ZIF socket.
     
    Concerned that the longer pins and socket would interfere with the operation of the watch crystal I downloaded the Verify_Crystal and tested the program.
     
    At first I had some issues with the crystal faulting.  But after added the following line to the program.  The Verify_Crystal program runs just fine.
     
    BSCCTL3 |= XCAP_3;  which enables the 12.5 pF.
     
    Enclosed are some pics.
     
    Easy Peasy
     
     


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    jpitz31 got a reaction from bluehash in My Attempt at the LaunchPad ZIF socket   
    Hi All,
     
    I have read the other posts about the problems with attempting to unsolder the chip socket from the mps430 launchpad.  Believe me I have a stack of trashed boards that have the through hole copper trace shot.  I also wanted to retain the onboard 32Khz watch crystal.
     
    So digging through the parts box and trying different things I came up with the following easy to install version of the ZiIF socket install.
     
    I purchased some 10 pin female header sockets, trimmed the pins down.  Purchases a few ZIF sockets, mine indicate TFXTDOL.
     
    Removed the msp430 chip, Inserted the female pin headers and inserted the ZIF socket.
     
    Concerned that the longer pins and socket would interfere with the operation of the watch crystal I downloaded the Verify_Crystal and tested the program.
     
    At first I had some issues with the crystal faulting.  But after added the following line to the program.  The Verify_Crystal program runs just fine.
     
    BSCCTL3 |= XCAP_3;  which enables the 12.5 pF.
     
    Enclosed are some pics.
     
    Easy Peasy
     
     


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