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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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  • David999 Sep 16, 2007

    Thanks, PC Expert.
    I was able to follow the folds and I see where it goes. It's just a very odd connector. The ribbon cable doesn't have a connector on the end. It's just flat with exposed contacts on one side and blue on the other side. It's like you slide the ribbon directly into the connector which is affixed to the board. It looks like some sort of proprietary HP connector that forces you to take it to a technician...

  • herbdunson Nov 09, 2008

    Any luck finding a new cable?

  • Ruben944 Apr 12, 2009

    Same thing happened to me. please call me 972-891-4793


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

  • Anonymous Sep 17, 2007

    Just lift the locks on boyh end with a pencil or non metalic shar object. then insert the ribbon into the socket and return and press the locks in place.


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