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What Is This Thing Called? / MacGyver Workaround


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#1 merepseudmaged

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 04:19 PM

[inb4 "hey n00b this has been answered" etc...]

 

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So what is this thing called? It's some sort of ribbon lock / retention clip. Please help me put a name to this, in hopes of acquiring a few.

 

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I have a Dell Inspiron 3520. Over six years old and never opened. I opened it to replace the fan and I wound up breaking two of these things. They were found on "PWBTN1" and the Touchpad plug. I was supposed to gingerly lift them, keep them in place, and then slide out the blue ribbons, but alas, I Rambo'd them something good and used a force I haven't used since I installed a 14.4 modem on my Gateway (American hog iron, son).

 

Thanks in advance for your help. All reverence bestowed upon thee, m'lord, and I am your humble servant etc.



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Posted 22 June 2017 - 04:29 PM

I can't count the number of times this has required the replacement of the board.  I've also replaced hundreds on refurbished bards with others of the same type but not the same design.  After about three years, especially on laptops, the heat cycles make the plastic very fragile.  Don't blame yourself, I've mangled a few myself and it is a problem for older units.



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Posted 22 June 2017 - 04:31 PM

I can't count the number of times this has required the replacement of the board.  I've also replaced hundreds on refurbished bards with others of the same type but not the same design.  After about three years, especially on laptops, the heat cycles make the plastic very fragile.  Don't blame yourself, I've mangled a few myself and it is a problem for older units.

Thank you very much for reading and for your kind words. I've seen fellas jimmy ribbons into place using plastic bits and stuff, but this contraption seems different. Any thoughts on a workaround, or should I be looking for a dead board to salvage the piece? Or am I completely screwed?



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Posted 22 June 2017 - 04:32 PM

If you have some plastic from a blister pack or something similar you can try placing the ribbon in the connector and shimming the ribbon with the plastic to keep in place. Good Luck.

 



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Posted 22 June 2017 - 04:36 PM

Replacement with a new connector is preferred but not always the best unless you have the right skills and soldering station with vacuum.  Adding shims can help but can become dislodged over time.



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Posted 22 June 2017 - 04:36 PM

If you have some plastic from a blister pack or something similar you can try placing the ribbon in the connector and shimming the ribbon with the plastic to keep in place. Good Luck.

 

 

Thanks John C! That's the fella I was talking about with the shimmy. Just wondering how well it will work with these tiny do-da pieces, sort of different but we'll see. I'll keep y'all posted. Just wanted to see if I could actually acquire that "part," or what that part is even called! Hate not knowing the names of things!



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Posted 22 June 2017 - 04:38 PM

Replacement with a new connector is preferred but not always the best unless you have the right skills and soldering station with vacuum.  Adding shims can help but can become dislodged over time.

I can't solder to save my life. I'm more of a "splitting wood" and "installing bedroom windows" kind of guy, too much shaking hands (thanks, misspent childhood) 






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