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Ribbon Cables Seem Disfigured


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#1 Jove

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 12:41 PM

I have a Compaq 4430US that is down, I suspect that it is power related because the computer is dead in all respects.

I have noticed that in cleaning dust and smoke that has coated much of the interior I did clean it when installing an additional RAM stick. ( it was running then), But, I have noticed in inspecting after the shut down there is some coating and some dust and smoke residue in various hard to get places and possibly on some of the motherboard contacts, I don't know if this contributed to the shut down.

Also, the ribbon cables seem to be distorted there is a split that seems to be shriveled as if it were exposed to heat, I have seen this before in a down computer but do not know what caused it.

Any information will be gladly received.

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 02:24 PM

I believe you are describing the floppy drive cable. It has a twisted pair configuration on purpose. Ribbon cables will stiffen up over time due to age and heat.
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