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604 - how does ribbon connect on the unit side

Mine's apart, from a fall, and connected to the HD but not the unit. Can't wuite see how it's supposed to go back, I know there is a black piece over a white piece, but....

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The ribbon cable should slide into the connector but be careful since that latch can break.
Mine broke.

Posted on Sep 19, 2008

  • John Mills Jan 27, 2012

    Mine broke as well. Unfortunately, Archos says because its discontinued they can't repair it. Do you have any idea where I might be able to find that latch to secure the ribbon cable?

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