Today I replaced a defective DVD drive in my less than year old HP Pavilion Slimline computer, kindly supplied, under warranty, by HP customer service. There is a 2-pin connector on the back of the drive which goes to an eject button on the front of the computer’s case. (The front of the drive itself is hidden behind a door which flops open when the drive tray ejects.) The connector I’m talking about can be seen in a picture here (labeled #1) in the fourth post down on this forum: http://forums.hexus.net/scan-care-hexus/234721-replacement-dvd-drive-hp-slimline-s5000.html
When trying to remove this connector from the defective drive, it would not budge from it’s plug no matter how hard I tried to pull it loose with needle nose pliers and fingernails. The 2 wires that go into the back of it DID come loose however. (Go ahead and laugh computer experts, you couldn’t have gotten it out either. And no, there is no tab to push down to release it.)
So, I need a replacement plug, with the wires still attached. Trouble is, HP, who quickly sent me a replacement DVD drive, says that little wire isn’t available separately and wants me to ship the whole computer to a service center to replace that wire.
Does anybody know of a source for this connector wire?