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A thin ribbon made from plastic fell out of printer, where does it go? Printer model:2400 all-in-one. part 1/4inch by 12 inches appr.

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Have a look at the ends of the ribbon to see if any of the connections are exposed, they will look like brass or gold, if they are you may possibly be able to put is back in place. the ribbon goes in the ink carrage at the right of the printer (the unit that slides up and down to print accross a page) and is also connected to the left or right hand side of the printer, this is all internal and you have to take the printer apart
If the plastic coating covers the whole ribbon cable, or just at one end, this means the ribbon cable has snapped and you will probably have to buy a new printer

good luck

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Posted on Nov 18, 2008

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1) Three 'ribbon' cables are all you need.
Two IDE 40-pin cables, and One 34-pin Floppy Drive cable.

The wider 40-pin IDE ribbon cables are for the Harddrive, and Optical Drive/s. (CD/DVD drives)
(Actually 40 -> socket holes, and actually only 39 are used)

The narrower 34-pin IDE ribbon cable is for the Floppy drive.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ATA_cables.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_ATA

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I would like you to look at a Locating Lug, on an IDE flat ribbon cable, (IDE is also referred to as PATA),

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PATA-cable.jpg

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ATA_on_mainboard.jpg

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[Note also that IDE1 is silkscreened, on the outside edge of the motherboard, and between the blue IDE connector.
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IDE2 which is right above (Black), is where the optical drive/s cable plugs into ]

IF, there is No Locating Lug on the flat IDE ribbon cable's connector;

The thin Red stripe on the side of the flat ribbon cable, denotes which side Number 1 wire is on.

Looking at your motherboard, with the Processor to the Top, and Ram Memory slots to the Right; Number 1 pin in the two IDE connectors on the motherboard, is on the BOTTOM.

The Red strip on the flat ribbon cable, goes towards the Bottom of the motherboard.

Looking at the back of your IDE harddrive, start at the Right side, go towards the Left;
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The Red strip ALWAYS goes toward the power cable.
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http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain20

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http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atx12v4

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http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

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Intel D845GRG motherboard is Gateway part number 4000828,

http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/INTEL/2519530/2519530mv.shtml

The front of your computer is the Front Panel.
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In the list click on Q - Front Panel connector
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Starting on the LEFT side going towards the Right;
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