Toshiba PDR-M1 - pin assignments for serial cable?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Ian Roberts, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. Ian Roberts

    Ian Roberts Guest


    I need to make up a serial cable for a Toshiba PDR-M1.

    If anyone knows the pin assignments from the 9 pin D connector to the 2.5mm
    plug I'd be very grateful.

    Toshiba UK have been unable to provide this info and they no longer have
    stock of the cables

    Thanks for any info.

    Ian Roberts, Sep 23, 2003
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    Mark Grebner Guest

    I need to make up a serial cable for a Toshiba PDR-M1.
    .. . .
    Are you sure this post isn't misdated? Maybe it was actually sent in

    If it's still live, my suggestion is to wait for a listing on eBay -
    in fact you should check the "completed auctions" as well. Somebody
    is bound to be selling an M1 eventually - and the whole kit including
    camera will go for under $10.

    As far as Toshiba camera customer service - it's an oxymoron.
    Mark Grebner, Sep 24, 2003
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    JC Dill Guest

    I have a Toshiba laptop and I bought it because of a different
    experience a friend had. She bought a Sony Vaio thru an eBay seller,
    completing the transaction in person (both were in San Francisco).
    About 6 months later the hard drive died. Even though she had sent in
    the warranty card and received all of Sony's spam that it triggered,
    Sony now decided that her laptop purchase did not come with a warranty
    and told her the drive was not covered.

    She opened the laptop and removed the dead hard drive. It was made by
    Toshiba. She called Toshiba and told them she had a dead drive. They
    had her read the serial number off the drive, and then told her it had
    a 3 year warranty. They asked her for a credit card to pay for the
    shipping, and she had a new drive 2 days later, along with a label for
    shipping back the dead drive. If she didn't return the dead drive
    within 14 days, they would then charge her card for the replacement
    drive they had sent to her without pre-payment. She was never asked
    to produce a receipt. Toshiba simply warranties their drives based on
    the serial number and manufacturing date. IMHO, that's excellent
    customer service. I'll never buy from Sony.

    JC Dill, Sep 24, 2003
  4. Ian Roberts

    Mark Grebner Guest

    As far as Toshiba camera customer service - it's an oxymoron.
    I didn't criticize ALL Toshiba service - I am just warning that their
    digital camera service has been spotty or worse. I think the problem
    is their tiny market share and the fact that photography is unrelated
    to the core of Toshiba's business. Either a driver is already on the
    site, or it isn't - in which case there's no point asking because
    nobody will ever reply. Either an upgrade works, or it doesn't - in
    which case you'll find yourself posting your gripes here, which is the
    only place anybody will ever read them.

    FWIW, Toshiba now has a very good exchange program for digital
    cameras. If a camera is under warranty, and has ANY problem, you can
    swap it for another of the same model. If your warranty has expired,
    you can send the camera with $120 and they'll swap - no questions

    Before the swap service, Toshiba apparently had a corporate policy of
    denying warranty coverage for EVERYTHING. No matter what went wrong,
    Toshiba claimed they found evidence the camera had been "abused".
    This included a number of failures for which they finally started
    selling user-oriented repair kits, such as the PDR-M4 mode dial
    falling off. When my mode dial separated - still under warranty -
    Toshiba completely blew me off, and tried to charge $270. Once all
    the warranties had expired, they issued a $25 kit, but as far as I
    know Toshiba NEVER fixed one at their own expense.

    It's good the swap service doesn't require them to interact with
    customers, because if you ever deal with trying to get service
    performed on a specific camera - not just swap it, but get it repaired
    - you will have a chance to experience the outrage firsthand.
    Mark Grebner, Sep 25, 2003
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    Matt Guest

    If it's a stereo jack style (and I think it must be, as I can't see
    any way to work with only 2 wires)

    The BODY is almost certainly common - pin 5 ground
    The other 2 will be to pin 2 and pin 3 (RXD and TXD)

    If you can get any reading on a meter, the one which is driven by the
    camera (in transfer mode) goes to pin 2.

    Standard serial outputs should survive shorting or output to output
    connections - not sure if the camera port would be as forgiving - up
    to you if you try winging it one way and then the other.
    Matt, Sep 27, 2003
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