Broken MOBO connector that attaches the board and mouse pad ribbon
I have two Dell Inspiron 5050 Laptops. I swapped the old HHD with SHHD on both units, however, one unit, the connector shattered when I put my finger under it to lift the bar and release the ribbon.
Without an exploded view, I can not see how to design a work around. With the locking bar missing, the ribbon just sits in the connector, it does not snap or push on . The ribbon also has a thick plastic coating on top and a lighter coat of plastic on the bottom. Thus I am not sure if the ribbon slides on to the MOBo pins of if the locking bar that is now missing would pinch the ribbon and penetrated the plastic coating . This is why I need an exploded view.
1) First choice is to design a work around. I did tape the ribbon in place, but the only way it would work is if I used my finger to apply pressure and reboot.
2) Is to purchase a new connector and install on MOBO and move on.
3) Send out for repair if cost effective.