For a project I'm trying to attach a female USB port to the test pads on the Raspberry Pi Zero W. I have tried this on two Raspberry Pi Zero Ws and failed both times. I use a multi-meter to ensure I have continuity from the pads on the RPIZW to the female USB port. I then ensure that I have Vcc, Ground, D- and D+ in the right areas, but I am unable to communicate through this female USB port that I have soldered on. I am able to attach a USB light and it lights up so I know the power is going where it should.
One thing to note, of the two RPIZWs I have tried this on, both I have unsoldered the microUSB port but on both of them I ended up tearing off some of the pads from under the microUSB connector, one is missing mostly the ground pads that anchor the port, and the other is missing 2-3 test pads where the GND, VCC, D-, D+, and signal goes. Could this have damaged the board and made the USB capabilities nonfunctional?
Troubleshooting I have done so far: ensure continuity from the test pad to the female USB port, ensure the wires have continuity through the female port to the inside of the connector (where you plug in a USB male), double check I have the data lines wired correctly and reverse data lines on one of the RPIZWs to make sure I'm not mistaken.
Here's a link to a guide that's doing the same thing I'm attempting to do: https://www.instructables.com/id/Raspbe ... -Connecto/
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated