Both scart sockets on my TV are poor - unless you get the plug in very well
they tend to produce a poor connection or over time they tend to fall out.
Is it easy to replace the socket or easier to buy a new TV? Why is the
scart technology seemingly so poor.
SCART cables tend to be thick, relatively inflexible and heavy - and the
plug is supported and held in the socket by nothing but the (thin) pins.
There is no plug retention mechanism. It is perhaps no surprise that
they easily work loose and can permanently deform the mating contacts.
These are generally just tinned copper, which doesn't help.
A SCART socket on a TV printed circuit board can generally be replaced -
if a suitable spare is available. Like any repair to a printed circuit
board, it needs care if shorts are to be avoided and tracks not damaged.
You may find that a fix can be made by carefully bending toe socket
contacts to make better contact with the pins of the plug. A fine
watchmaker's screwdriver and sometimes be used to do this.
It is bound to be easier to buy a new TV! But a few minutes having a
good look at the socket, in a good light and perhaps a magnifying glass,
and a bit of work with a darning needle or screwdriver may fix things,
at least for the while.
I put on self-adhesive cable clips on the back of stuff and route the
cables through those. That takes all the strain off the plugs and
sockets - especially whilst moving the stuff, to clean/dust it, for
example. A couple of extra ones, and you have somewhere to stow the
extra cable tidily. SCARTs are fine, if they are taken care of.
These, for example:
Adjustable Self-Adhesive Cable Clamps
(better if you make changes fairly often)
Self-Adhesive Cable Fixings
(fine for a "permanent" set-up)
For bigger clumps of cables you can use these, together with either
permanent or releasable cable ties:
Cable Tie Bases
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