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The Dell Inspiron 15 (N5050) is a mid-sized laptop manufactured by Dell, Inc. that operates on Windows 7. The laptop features include a WLED HD display screen and a max supported memory of 8 GB.

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How to Recover from breaking a keyboard Ribbon to MB Connector?

I have a Dell inspirion Laptop. I opened the case to change the 500 gig HHD and replace with a 1 TB Hybrid Drive. To do so required the removal of the keyboard ribbon. When I slipped my finger nail under the top bar of the connecter it simply shattered, I suppose from the years of being exposed to heat. I asked Dell if they could order the connector for me and I would resolder to MB. They said they do not stock that part and can not order it either.

The confusing part is the contacts at the end of the ribbon has a thick layer of plastic on top of the pins and a thinner layer of plastic on the bottom of the ribbon. With that in mind how do the pins of the Ribbon make contact with the pins on the MB? I know the

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broke on the connector is plastic, thus how does the top pinch the wire in place and assures that the broken part of the connector makes contact with the pins in the MB Thank you!!

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Where can I purchase this part or how can I fix the broken one.


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Tom, give us more details about the motherboard. Any model or manufacturers numbers? Post an image of your damaged connector with your question. Use this guide for that.


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Although 3 years too late for the above, I just found this excellent close-up examination of a keyboard touch-up cable ribbon clip which addresses the original question at top:

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Hi Tom,

I had snapped off the little plastic tab that holds in the keyboard ribbon cable on a laptop, and found an easy way to fix it.

The same problem can occur on may different devices, such as CD players, laptop keyboard connectors, camera ribbon cable connectors, etc.

If you break off this little tab, the ribbon cable is not held in at all, and just falls out of the connector.

On the off chance that you have the same type of problem, check out my YouTube video I had posted last year. Not sure what is wrong with your connector. If it is the same problem, you can easily fix it in a few minutes.

Easy Ribbon Cable Connector Fix, Repair.

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looks like your video is no longer available.


I checked it a few minutes ago, it is there.


The link in the original post seems to have been cut off when it was posted.

After posting this, I can see that it is STILL cut off,

So I'll past the address portion after so that it is clear





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