For some reason the new computer would not connect to the PDA, not connecting means no charging. Yes the charging light does come on, but no charge to the battery at all.
I needed the PDA the next morning and was willing to try just about anything to get it working.
I looked up the pin outs for the connector online and noticed that the 5V+ line from the USB cable went to a couple Data ports and to the charging circuit. Since i ha 2 USB cable I decided to mod one to see if it would work. All I wanted was to charge the battery.
The end result allowed me to connect to my new computer, charge for ANY USB wall or car charger. Even homemade ones that are just a 5 volt power supply. This will also help your battery to last longer.(more charges) Because it slow charges the battery instead of fast charging.
This will work with the Del Axim X50 X50v X51 X51v models only. This is not for any other models.
With a 2200Mah extended run time battery in my X50v it takes about 6 hours to charge compared to 2 hours before this mod.
Step 1: Parts
USB Cable, not a cradle
small philips screw driver
Step 2: Open the Connector Up
Remove the two screws, use the tip of your knife to open the two clips holding it together.
Now you will see one of two things. Hopefully you will see a small circuit board, if not it will be just wires.
Both of mine where circuit boards.
If you have wires only, go to step 6
Step 3: Cut the Traces
Step 4: Put It Back Together
Once you get it back together, you MUST make sure the release clips still work properly. I stress this because I once ordered a aftermarket cable for a Zune and ruined the connector on the zune because the cable would not release.
Step 5: Try It Out
Charger- Once you plug it in the PDA will turn on, turn it off and the orange charging light will turn on, Now comes the test.
Try to turn it back on. If it turn on, your mod worked, turn it back off and let it charge, check the battery level after about 30 minutes to see if it is charging.
Computer- Once you plug it in, Active sync should pop up and ask you to set up a partnership. This means that the mod worked.
Step 6: Wire Connector Only
There will be 3 red wires on different pins, the two on the outer sides of the connector need to be cut, the one that is closest to the middle is the only one we want to be hooked up of the red wires.