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Gateway 7330GZ- PArts needed

I need the small ribbon cable (or whatever it is called) that connects the power switch to the mother board as well as two of the small plastic pieces that fit in place to secure the cable. Where can I buy such things?

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  • Zerorulzall Dec 24, 2008

    this is the latest in a slew of problems i've been having......if anyone can help please email me....Zerorulzall@gmail.com.....but yeah its that little white cable that i believe has 12 connect points...i cant start my laptop anymore and its killing me...thx in advanced

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Those cables are custom made for each manufacturer and model. The only place to get a replacement (other than buy a junker on ebay) is from the manufacturer. The plastic pieces are another matter. They are standard connectors and you can buy them from Digikey or Mouser. Soldering them in place is not for a novice. You need a proper soldering iron, desoldering tool, very fine solder and a lot of patience and skill.

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