- Any time you want technical advice on damaged goods, start with a picture. *
Take a picture of the cable break and post it here… People will be able to give a better diagnosis with a picture of the problem.
I doubt you need to the change the PCB. I’m almost 100% sure of that. In fact, that’s probably the last thing you want to do.
At worst, you’ll have to replace the cord which isn’t that bad IF you know how to solder. You can reattach the cord to the proper point on the PCB if you’re brave enough to open up the joystick and look for the PCB (it’s mounted underneath the area that holds the Turbo buttons).
Whether or not you can save the original connector cable, I don’t know. However, there are tons of extension cords out there available for under $10 ($5 is more likely cost plus shipping) and you can replace the HRAP 2 cord with any of these. Any cord for PS1/PS2 will make a good replacement. You want to be sure, however, that you solder the correct wire into the right position on the PCB. Sometimes, the wire colors are different among manufacturers and it’s a good idea to check which wire goes for each connector point on the cable interface. You need a multimeter to check for continuity among the wires. It’s no big deal – you’re just checking what wire conducts electricity for the contact point on the plug-in for the PS consoles…
Now that I think of it, Toodles is right… It’s just been so long since I took my HRAP 3 apart. HRAP 3 cables do plug-in and unplug. It’s the licensed HRAP variants like the T5 sticks that have you soldering connector cables.
If you can’t find an official plug-in cable, you’ll probably have to solder unless you can cobble together another connector or somehow crimp some of your remaining (original) connector cable into the plug-in connector for the HRAP PCB.
That last bit might require a specialized tool… I don’t know. Never dealt with that myself.
BTW, how did your cord get frayed that badly? Did a dog or cat chew through it? Insulation shouldn’t be torn away like that after 2-3 years. Wiring’s tougher unless you constantly wrap up it tightly all the time or put a bunch of stress on it.