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    Hi,

    Some of the USB ports on our phones have worn out over time. I have been reading the manuals and haven't noticed anything saying I can't go in and repair the USB connector myself, but I figured I would ask on the forums before doing so. Anyone know if this would make them illegal for use? I don't see why it would as it is just a repair.

    Here's a different question though: Instead of replacing the USB connector, is it legal to hardwire an OTG cable or hub or something else in its place? This would allow for better strain relief.

    Thanks,
    Andrew K.

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    Originally posted by AKSoapy29 View Post
    Hi,

    Some of the USB ports on our phones have worn out over time. I have been reading the manuals and haven't noticed anything saying I can't go in and repair the USB connector myself, but I figured I would ask on the forums before doing so. Anyone know if this would make them illegal for use? I don't see why it would as it is just a repair.
    Rule <RE15> says you can modify (which covers repairs I guess) approved electronics but the examples given make what you're proposing a grey area since it's internal rather than external and that seems to be a key differentiator in those 2 lists. Post the question on offical Q&A once it opens. Also if you did have these USB ports replaced I don't think anyone would notice anyhow. Imagine a hardware inspector failing your robot because the USB cables didn't fall out easily enough!

    Originally posted by AKSoapy29 View Post
    Here's a different question though: Instead of replacing the USB connector, is it legal to hardwire an OTG cable or hub or something else in its place? This would allow for better strain relief.
    No as per Game Manual Part 1 5.3.3 "Teams must ensure that electrical and electronic devices are used consistent with manufacturer's requirements and specifications". I think hard wiring USB into your phone, which is a bad idea IMO since now you'll completely destroy it if the cable gets yanked, would not be consistent with the manufacturer's specs.

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