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Solved: Can't unplug power cable to CD drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by pcbaaya, Jan 28, 2005.

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  1. pcbaaya

    pcbaaya Thread Starter

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    I am in the process of removing the CD-R drive from my Dell Dimension 8200 so I can install a Plextor 712 DVD drive, and I can't unplug the power cable. Is there a trick to this, or is it just a matter of my not having enough strength in my hands (old lady)? How far dare I go--for example, should I try to pry it out or use pliers on it? Can I wiggle it hard? I am afraid of breaking it or bending pins.

    This is only the second time I have done anything inside a computer (the last time I successfully installed a CD drive in a Compaq), so I am really a newbie at it and don't know what to expect. Any help appreciated!
     
  2. Skivvywaver

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    They can get stuck over time. Use some force and wiggle it a little. Don't use pliers, you could break the plug.
     
  3. n2gun

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    I run into this occasionally. What I do is use a pair of pliers, gripping the plug right up against the case and pry outward on it using the case for leverage. You won't bend the pins.
     
  4. Triple6

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    See if its glued in, sometimes people/techs glue then in so they won't fall out - DELL wouldn't though.

    It probably just needs some persuasion. Try wiggling it out or use a pair of pliers. Just be careful not to yank it out and smack something else in the case - wiggling usually does the trick with a pliers.
     
  5. pcbaaya

    pcbaaya Thread Starter

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    Just got it out by wiggling and a bit of prying...and now on to the part I know even less about, but I hope the manuals will be enough for that. Thank you all very much, and especially for answering so quickly.
     
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