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Broken Touchpad ZIF Connector

Looks like Touchpad connector on the motherboard is missing a little plastic cover which holds the cable in place. Any idea if it is possible to replace just that little part or maybe a way to fix it?

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    While attempting to remove top panel, I removed the zif connector from the motherboard. As a result the power button does not respond. Can the connector be reattached or is there an alternate remedy to the problem?



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Best bet is to obtain a faulty motherboard and use the clip from that - they are often sold very cheaply declared as faulty on ebay.

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I am having the same problem with my keyboard connector after many hous of research seeing the technitions at school (im only 12!!!) and visesting dell and pc world the only solution is to but a new motherboard wich can be purchased for £108.34 upwards sorry!!!!!!

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Forgive me, not advertising for these guys,
(They say, "A picture is worth a thousand words")
As new as the Samsung Q430 series of Notebook PC's is, there should be only two different types of ZIF connectors on the motherboard, used for the Keyboard Cable. But may be three;
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3) And an older style. I refer to this style as the Slide style;
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Touchpad Cable, etc.
When replacing a Keyboard, line the flat bar terminals strips on the Keyboard Cable, back up to the contact pins in the motherboard connector.
The Keyboard Cable MUST go back in the same position, as it was originally. Therefore look at the old Keyboard, and it's cable; to orient the new Keyboard Cable correctly.
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2) Follow Anti-Static Precautions.

With a laptop this means buying an ESD wrist strap, and wearing it.
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This is one example,

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A note on the Keyboard Cable connector on the motherboard, and removing the Keyboard;

The Keyboard Cable is an FFC.
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As such, it is just a flat ribbon cable with no connector, on the motherboard end of the cable,
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The connector on the motherboard is a ZIF connector.
Zero Insertion Force.
This connector is shown in Steps 9 and 10.

Click on the photo in Step 9.
Note the white rectangular 'bar'.

This part of the ZIF connector is permanently attached to the motherboard. It is stationary.

Note the two tabs pointed out by the Yellow arrows.
This part of the ZIF connector moves.

As directed by the arrows, the top part of the ZIF connector moves towards the LCD screen.

This is seen in Step 10.

The top part ONLY moves VERY LITTLE.
The ZIF connector DOES NOT come completely apart.

The top part acts like a wedge, and wedges the Flat Flex Cable in the bottom part of the ZIF connector.


DO NOT move the top part TOO FAR. As said the ZIF connector Does Not come completely apart.

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This is shown in Step 11's photo. (Click on it to enlarge)

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The connector on the motherboard is a ZIF connector. Zero Insertion Force.
The connector is composed of two parts, but Does NOT come completely apart.
It just opens a little bit.

The ZIF connector is a small rectangle. It has a smaller rectangular part that goes across the top. (LCD screen side)
This smaller rectangle is the only part that moves. The larger lower part of the connector is attached to the motherboard.

The top 'half' is eased up. It only moves approximately 1/8th inch.
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HP Support > Compaq Presario CQ56-115DX Notebook PC > Manuals,

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This is a PDF file.
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A) Remove ALL power to the laptop.
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B) Remove the Memory Compartment Cover.

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D) Computer back to it's normal position, (Right side up) use a thin, flat bladed screwdriver, and EASE up on the Right and Left BACK edges of the Keyboard.

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Zero Insertion Force.

The connector is a rectangular block of plastic, and is composed of two pieces.
The top smaller part moves away from the larger bottom part.

The two pieces DO NOT come completely apart. They do not completely separate from each other.

The top part slides away from the bottom part, but only so far. (1/8th inch?)

The cable coming from the Keyboard is a FFC.
Flat Flex Cable.

It has NO connector on the end that plugs into the motherboard.
Just a flat ribbon cable with exposed contacts.

MAKE SURE you line the new Keyboard's cable up the SAME WAY as the old Keyboard's cable.
Install in the same direction.
(Even if the cable is twisted over)

The ZIF connector's top part locks the FFC in place, when the ZIF connector is closed.
The top part has a wedge design.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


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1) Remove ALL electrical sources.
AC adapter and Battery. Leave the Battery Compartment Door off.

2) Laptop closed turn it over, battery compartment facing Away from you.

3) Looking at the inside edge of the Battery Compartment that is towards you, there are 3 screws to remove.
They are right along the edge that faces you.
There is one in the middle, and one on the right side, that are down in a little indention. (A small drop in the case)
There is one to the left.
Philips head screws. Remove them, place them in a multi-compartment container, and mark the compartment for where they came from.

(DO NOT mix the screws up that you are going to remove)

4) Turn the laptop over, open it.
Carefully lift the Front of the Keyboard up to an angle. (The Front of the Keyboard faces the LCD screen)
DO NOT lift it straight up.

There are plastic tabs that protrude from the back of the Keyboard, and go into the Keyboard Cover.
(The dark rectangular shaped piece of plastic that surrounds the Keyboard, and ends at the Palm Rest, is the Keyboard Cover)

Ease the Keyboard forward towards the LCD screen. Lay it down next to the LCD screen, and on the Keyboard Cover.
You want to be able to access the Keyboard cable's connector.

The Keyboard cable connector is the white connector in the middle, with the ribbon cable leading from it to the Keyboard.
This is a ZIF connector.
Zero Insertion Force.

The ZIF connector is made of two parts. It opens, but does NOT separate into two parts.
The white tabs you see on either side are eased towards the LCD screen.
Use your fingernails.
Push on one 'ear' a little, then go to the other side. Keep alternating back, and forth until the ZIF connector is open. It only opens up about 1/4 inch.

This action opens the ZIF connector, where the flat ribbon cable can be eased out of it.

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Use EXTREME care when opening, and closing the ZIF connector. If you break it you have to replace the motherboard.

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