Solution for Bent Wacom Cintiq 3-in-1 Cable Connector

I thought I’d posted about this already, but I can’t find it.  So, I guess I didn’t.

Okay, so if you have a wacom cintiq (not the wacom cintiq pro) you may have noticed that the connector on the 3-in-1 cable that inserts into the screen tablet bends very easily.  You can destroy the flimsy thing just by bumping it.

This is a tremendous problem since replacement 3-in-1 cables are $50 or more and usually out of stock.

First, I can’t tell you how to fix the cord that’s already bent.  As far as I know, it’s a lost cause and you’ll have to buy a new one.  Sorry.  But I can help you so you won’t destroy the new one.

Buy this:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/530082285/wacom-cintiq-cable-support-adapter

Choose the 2.0 version because it has a little more support for the cord, holding it in place really solid.

It’s basically a 3D printed adapter that you snap onto you cintiq and thread your cord through as you plug it in. The thing holds the cord pretty solid so that even fairly rough handling isn’t going to bend that easily-bent metal end. It installs in a way that’s removable, in case you need to transport your cintiq or something. However, my cintiq never leaves the vicinity of my PC, so I used some electrical tape on the back to get it really solidly adhered. It’s not going anywhere now. It completely solved all my cintiq flimsy cable problems.

I bought mine awhile ago and it had a wacom logo in it which I thought at the time they probably weren’t supposed to be using, since it’s an after market part.  The version they’re selling now is the same thing, but has a bad robot logo instead.  I think he may have been asked to stop using the wacom logo.  Anyway, it’s cheap and completely solves the problem, so go buy one if you own a cintiq.
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Let’s Talk Nooks

I know, I know.  Isn’t this supposed to be an illustrator’s blog?  Well, it’s mine, so I’ll veer off the topic when I feel like it. Today I’d like to talk about my nook.

I had a 1st generation nook with 3G. I must say I was pretty impressed with Barnes & Noble’s customer support. My original never had working 3G and they replaced it, no questions asked. Well, it was in the warranty period, so I suppose they were just honoring that. So, no serious brownie points there. Still, I appreciated it.

For more than a year, I hummed along with no complaints about my nook at all. I love the eInk. I love being able to bring all my books with me wherever I want to. Especially on vacations. I love the “Don’t Panic” bumper sticker I put on the cover because I thought it was funny. (If you don’t get the reference, go read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. You will thank me.)

But a couple weeks ago I had another problem. Somehow between page turns something broke in the screen. (No, I did NOT drop it!)  There was a stripe of the screen that wouldn’t refresh. Effectively obscuring the first character or character-and-a-half on the lower half of the page. It was annoying to read that way.

So, I took it to B&N, knowing that at a year and a half of age, the thing was out of warranty. They confirmed that the screen was broken and I’d have to buy a whole new nook. However, they kindly offered me what they called an out-of-warranty exchange. This is a deep discount on the price of a replacement Simple Touch to replace my broken 1st gen. I could have a $30 reconditioned one or a $50 new one. Since I was resigned to paying $139 for a new Simple Touch Glowlight (or $99 without the glowlight) I figured that was a pretty good deal. Plus, I’m cheap. So, why pay $99 when I don’t have to?

I ordered the replacement and a new cover for it. I got both of those in the mail today.

A few things I didn’t realize about the nook Simple Touch.

  1. Simple Touch (and Simple Touch with Glowlight) do not have 3G. Bummer. But I don’t use it THAT often. So, deep breath, relax. I can deal.
  2. It does not have any games. I’m not talking about anything sophisticated, but my 1st gen had Sudoku and chess. I liked my little Sudoku game. *sigh* But it’s a eReader, not a gameboy, so I’ll suck it up.
  3. It has no web browser. I was in disbelief over this because I knew I’d talked to someone awhile ago after the touch screen first came out and she said it did have a browser. Am I remembering wrong? No, I am not. It used to have a browser. Not a good browser, but a browser none-the-less. But some internet research has informed me that it no longer exists. B&N took the web browser off of its Simple Touch.This is really annoying. The 1st gen had a rudimentary browser which was useful when traveling and away from the computer. We don’t have any smart phones or ipads in our house and I rarely take the laptop out with me. So, the 1st gen’s browser was kinda useful on occasion.

So, why am I not feeling all disappointed over my new nook which isn’t living up to my expectations?  (Okay, I am a little disappointed, but not too bad.)

‘Cause now I have a really good excuse to try rooting it.  If all goes well, I’ll end up with an eInk tablet.  If not, I end up with a $50 brick.  What do you think?  Should I void the warranty?  *evil grin*