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    Just did something pretty stupid.....

    Decided to see what hard drive i have in my laptop which meant opening this baby up.....(this is where it inevitably goes wrong) ive managed to break a small tiny plastic clip/grip that keeps the keyboard cable seated (damn it).

    Anyone know where i can get hold of a Sony part like that?

    Alternatively just mock me for being such an idiot.

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    Sorry couldnt resist, Have you looked on Ebay /.

    Crazy, the O/S would happily have told you what hard drive was installed.

    did you really have to take the keyboard off to get at the hard drive, they usually slide out the side?

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    abomination;6061616

    Crazy, the O/S would happily have told you what hard drive was installed.



    well i was 99% sure it was SATA so I ordered a drive and thought.....rubbish i havent checked i can get into it or made sure it was SATA.

    Checked ebay, its such a piddly part thats probably worth less than a penny so no one is selling it, i guess it would come attached to the Mobo too.

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    masterruckus;6061646

    did you really have to take the keyboard off to get at the hard drive, … did you really have to take the keyboard off to get at the hard drive, they usually slide out the side?



    yep, there is no access panel on my laptop....sony clearly dont want you to change the HDD, even though they only put a 120GB in

    Doesn't sound like you've broken anything important, if it's just cosmetic forget about it.

    leecher;6061662

    yep, there is no access panel on my laptop....sony clearly dont want you … yep, there is no access panel on my laptop....sony clearly dont want you to change the HDD, even though they only put a 120GB in



    What laptop is it? You might not easily find the part you're after I'm afraid, how old is the laptop?

    abomination;6061697

    Doesn't sound like you've broken anything important, if it's just … Doesn't sound like you've broken anything important, if it's just cosmetic forget about it.



    You sure? Sounds to me like the connector for the keyboard ribbon cable is broken, so the keyboard won't work properly...

    its the little flap that you close down on the keyboard flat cable end right? I doubtr you would be able to buy just the flap, is there anyway that you can repair it?or maybe stick it down with something?

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    laptop was made 2007/8, model is VGN-SZ4XWN.

    its definitely not cosmetic, the keyboard doesnt work now lol.

    Post #2 nailed it on the head then...

    i have fixed this same fault many times. the easiest method is to place the ribbon cable onto the connectors and hold the clip in place to test the connection is working, then you use a drop of hot melt glue on one side of the connector whilst continuing to hold the other side and middle. once this is cooled you repeat the process on the other side. finally you draw a bead of the glue over the bottom and top of the catch. providing you applied enough pressure to maintain contacts the glue will hold it in place.

    hth

    leecher;6061650

    well i was 99% sure it was SATA so I ordered a drive and … well i was 99% sure it was SATA so I ordered a drive and thought.....rubbish i havent checked i can get into it or made sure it was SATA.Checked ebay, its such a piddly part thats probably worth less than a penny so no one is selling it, i guess it would come attached to the Mobo too.




    You probably could have just googled it! :thumbsup:

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    wolf359;6061751

    i have fixed this same fault many times. the easiest method is to place … i have fixed this same fault many times. the easiest method is to place the ribbon cable onto the connectors and hold the clip in place to test the connection is working, then you use a drop of hot melt glue on one side of the connector whilst continuing to hold the other side and middle. once this is cooled you repeat the process on the other side. finally you draw a bead of the glue over the bottom and top of the catch. providing you applied enough pressure to maintain contacts the glue will hold it in place.hth



    cheers mate, would superglue do the same job?

    cant believe they actually design it like this, its so stupid.

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    DVS_Dee;6061763

    You probably could have just googled it! :thumbsup:



    well the drive is coming tomorrow so i would have just broken it then to be honest haha.

    tonyg1962;6061588



    LOL never fails to make me laugh

    i wouldn't try superglue. you'll likely coat the connectors and then struggle to scrape it off. hot glue would be best, superglue isn't good ad holding things together that have constant pressure applied to them. you need something with some substance to it. you can buy a mini hot glue gun for less than £5 i've seen then in the pound shop before.

    ]Here is your dissasembly manual so you don't damage any more of it

    As for the connector it's probably a Flexible Printed Circuit (FPC) using a zif connector. worth googling for one using the first part of your model number vgn-sz

    leecher;6061765

    cheers mate, would superglue do the same job?cant believe they actually … cheers mate, would superglue do the same job?cant believe they actually design it like this, its so stupid.



    nope superglue is too permanent if you make a mistake. hot melt is easily removable and it won't effect the circuit board. as for the design, there's a hell of a lot of notebooks with the same design. a lot of people who are used to removing ribbon connectors break these as they assume it slides to allow removal whereas most of them are hinged instead.

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    wolf359;6066925

    nope superglue is too permanent if you make a mistake. hot melt is … nope superglue is too permanent if you make a mistake. hot melt is easily removable and it won't effect the circuit board. as for the design, there's a hell of a lot of notebooks with the same design. a lot of people who are used to removing ribbon connectors break these as they assume it slides to allow removal whereas most of them are hinged instead.



    cheers mate, some valuable info here.

    I dont feel so bad now too lol.
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