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Cable to DVD came loose. Odd Connector

On my HP Pavilion s7310n, I was trying to add memory but the slots were hidden under the DVD drive. There is only one way to lift the DVD and by doing so, the cable came loose underneath. It's a ribbon cable thinner than I've ever seen and the connector is really odd. It came out and I can't for the life of me figure out how to get it back in. It's not a normal cable connector at all. I hate the idea that I might need to take it somewhere to plug the cable in for me, but I can't figure out how it's supposed to go in there. It didn't take much to pull it out, I'll tell you. Thanks in advance to whoever responds with a suggestion.

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Re: Cable to DVD came loose. Odd Connector

Take note on the cables twist style just follow its twist.

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