PC Engine consoles are a two-piece design, with the main motherboard bolted to the bottom shell and the HUCard slot bolted to the top. These two pieces are mated together using a ribbon cable, with each of the 72 pins soldered directly to each board. These cables have started to fail and replacing them is a massive pain…until now! There’s now an open-source design that allows you to install pin headers and two PCB’s connected by a modern ribbon cable to connect both boards. You can purchase a kit directly, or make your own:
Purchase yours here: https://shop.modinfrance.fr/en/home/56-pc-engine-ribbon-cable-replacement.html
Installation Instructions / Open Source Files: https://github.com/ModInFrance/PCE-Ribbon-Cable-Replacement
I absolutely love seeing repair kits like this and am extra grateful to see this both be available for purchase and open sourced. I’ve run into a few PCE’s with cable issues and I think this is an excellent fix. I’d also love to see a replacement HUCard board someday as well, since I’ve seen those crack over the years. Honestly though, just having this kit is a big help to people and I’m happy to see it released.
— Romain Brami (@romainbrami) May 16, 2022