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Keyboard connector on motherboard dell inspiron2200

Hi. I am adding a USB keyboard and mouse to my Dell Inspiron2200 laptop. So.....I will no longer need or use the existing internal keyboard. I see that the internal laptop keyboard is connected to the motherboard with a ribbon cable. Once I free the unused internal keyboard from the connector, can i reuse that slot? Can I plug another device into the motherboard connector, like a DVD drive with a ribbon cable? I know this is a strange modification.....but I would much appreciate any advice before I try it! Thank you much.

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  • sopraninosar Apr 16, 2009

    thanks chandlercl. it's an old laptop that has recently become kind of a toy to modify. i full well realize i may explode the whole laptop. oh well. but it sounds as if the connector to the motherboard should work for other inputs. great!

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Personnally I would not try this. If this is the only laptop you have. now if its just a machine you tinker with you can try it. but for functunality I would leave the keyboard intact incase you ever want to use the portability of the laptop.

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  • chris chandler Apr 16, 2009

    awesome then i'm all about it. you might need to get a small cdrom or something maybe an internal one from something like another laptop. the odds are the keyboard ribbon cable is acting like a serial port. hopefully more like a ide port. but you may want to google laptop mods. you may get some good results and maybe some more ideas for your project. keep me in touch on how it works out for ya.

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