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  1. psyko12

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    I found out that my sisters p4 computer (which was from me) has a molex with 1 black wire (ground I think) pulled off from the metal inserted in the plastic connector. Is it possible to solder that on?
     
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    The wire is just pulled out, I think that should easily be fixed. Maybe a picture will help. can you post one?
     
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    It should have 2 small tabs on the metal end that plugs into the connector. Make sure they are not broken so u can pull them up abit and push the metal end into the connector and hear the "snap".

    If they are broke, might as well solder a new end on as everytime u hook something up to that connector, it will slide back out.
     
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    Well I will try to describe it as best as I can, as I don't have a camera with me. :D

    I have attached a small diagram which shows what was pulled out or broken off from soldering... The one rounded with an X is the one that got pulled off/broke.

    Forgive me for the rough drawing lol, not as good with Paint as with Photoshop. But it should give you the idea.

    The metal insert is fine, the wire connecting to it got snapped or something. So can I just strip a bit of wire and solder it to the metal insert?
     

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    So the metal end is still in the plastic? If so take a very small flathead screw driver and find the tabs and push them down and pull the metal end out. Then open where the wire supposed to be clamped to and strip the wire and reclamp and reinsert.
     
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    2nd that, I was thinking something different.
     
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    Ahh so no soldering required, I just push out the metal insert and re-clamp the darned wire?

    Whew I thought it'd gonna be a tough job, well best of luck to me, wiring ain't my expertise lol.

    Better do it later when the sun is out.

    Merry Christmas and thanks ...! :toast:
     
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    They are correct, and if the metal piece is unusable they sell them online.
     
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    Yea I had to fix and make many molex connectors for my PSU and as extension cables for HDDs. Its real easy once you do it a few times ;)

    Merry Christmas to u too!
     
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    well psyko, it turned out easier than you thought :toast:
     
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    Ohhh I think I have spare of those metal inserts, I have a few broken/dead PSU's maybe I could save those metal inserts for spare parts. xD
     
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    True :laugh: I thought I'd be mr. mad scientist or some guy with a blow torch :laugh: jk may soldering iron but blow torch is overkill xD

    Thanks all you've saved me from another peril
     
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    Yeah man. Its a super easy job. I have like 60+ of those metal connectors laying around still on the roll where I repined a complete PC Power and Cooling SSI Turbo Cool. :laugh:
     
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    and if ya have dead fans with female molex connectors or anything dead with female connectors, save them. You never know when you will need one for something else or as an extension cable/piggy back to plug in a few extra drives and such.
     
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    Hmm sorry for being a noob but how do I push out the metal connector in the molex, As you've said there is a lock on it.... How do I go about it?
     
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    Just push it in from the back. Its got 2 fins on either side that lock it in place. * To put it back in*


    oh shyt I mis read it. haha. Sorry.


    what I do is I relive some pressure by applying pressure from the back and take a small flathead screw driver and bend the fins down and push it out.
     
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    Thanks, might as well practice on a broken psu before doin it on the real thing :D
     
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    Don't worry about it man, its super simple. If practicing makes your more confident, than do it bro. If you get stuck just ask something else, we here at TPU love helping others. Good luck and merry Christmas
     
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    Woot! I've succeeded although I don't have the crimping tool for the wire :D I made a temporary fix. Needle nose plies, some scotch tape and viola lol. The ground wire connected the molex power connector works like new, although still gonna get that fixed when I get a crimper. :D
     
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    Good job man, just get it fixed right when you can :toast: As long as it works, you're fine for now.
     
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    Couldn't have done it without you guys lol! At 1st I was scared of ruining it, but now I left it running the whole day and now probs whatsoever, :D
     
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    In the PC world you cannot be scared, just try it, everything is replaceable. some cheap to replace, some rather expensive, but indeed replaceable :laugh:
     
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    Indeed! Friend my athlon xp before because of pencil mod lol, learnt the hard way it is indeed tough. Say if this tempo solution to the psu is working so far should I fix it better or leave it as it is working :laugh:
     
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    It's nothing hard to do, if you can just get the crimping tool and do it right dude :toast:
     
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    No prob, when monday comes, I hop right to ace hardware :laugh: but right now, spending time with family throughout the weekend... :toast:

    Happy holidays!! :D Everybody have a good one!
     
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