i think this is a dumb question

  [DELETED] 17:40 23 Oct 2003

hi i was just taking apart my pc and took off the harddrive the floppy and all the cards etc just to clean it out with compressed air. I noticed however hard i pulled, the wire that was connected to the PSU from the CDRW DVD ROM drive wouldnt come off. i was just wondering if this is actually normal for it to be glued on or something. also i booted up after putting everything back and my pc just turned itself off for some reason. so i went to bios and loaded SETUP defaults and it worked fine. i was wondering what setting made it do that.

  [DELETED] 18:15 23 Oct 2003

some are tight, need a good wriggle and pull at the same time. Some brands seem to insist on using a gel to hold them in place but this can be seen easily.

If your battery is wearing a bit low on the motherboard, it can lose bios settings when left unplugged for a long period of time.

I wonder though, did you use a garage airline and blow the battery out of the motherboard? :)

  Legolas 18:19 23 Oct 2003

WaiKent as madPentium says these connections can be very tight and getting them off has given me more than one skinned knuckle, also I ruined a HDD when one of the pins come loose so be careful when removing them.

  wee eddie 20:08 23 Oct 2003

aren't you going slightly over the top.

Surely sticking the flexible nozzle into the corners and pressing the button should be sufficient.

  [DELETED] 20:09 23 Oct 2003

Is it A Tiny Computer? I had to change a HDD in a Tiny PC the other week and found that all the IDE connectors had been glued to the device plugs with a Hot Glue Gun, I kid you not. I had the devil of a job to remove it.

  [DELETED] 21:09 23 Oct 2003

Some suppliers do glue things down (as joethebow) found out as they do have a habit of working loose in transit.

  [DELETED] 21:21 23 Oct 2003

i had an old pc that was glued,i found out the hard way,lucky i only had one drive,so spare connector used

  [DELETED] 21:35 23 Oct 2003

when i wanted to rmove my dirve i was absolutly convinced the cables were glued so i took it to a specialist to pull them out. it turned out they weren't glued in, just, as normal, extremely tight. Although it sounds foolish, i find pulling the actual cables easier to get it out rather than pulling the plastic connector. that's even what the technician did!

  [DELETED] 15:34 24 Oct 2003

wow loads of replies :). thanks everyone but i took them all out because it needed a good cleaning, i took off the front panel and a whole layer of dust just sitting there preventing airflow. Well i guess if i broke one of the pins, i would just have the whole thing replaced. Yes i tried in vain to remove that cable but just wouldnt go, so i gave up and it still works fine.

  Rayuk 17:27 24 Oct 2003

Just another point did you have your bios setings noted down? if so you could have altered each,one at a time till you found the culprit that was causing the problem.

  [DELETED] 18:13 24 Oct 2003

I am thinking of getting a swear jar for whenever i have to pull my PSU connectors out from my optical drives! They do come after a good struggle though.

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