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williemcd

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I was swapping keyboards and when I tried to plug in the new one it didn't want to seat. Examining the older keyboard connector, a pin and the plastic (locator) was missing. It appears the port is hosting those pieces. Is it much trouble to dismantle the tower or is there a tool that can extract those pieces? Bill
 

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Those ports are actually integrated into the motherboard, so "dismantling" things wouldn't do you much good anyway.

And there isn't any tool that I know of designed specifically for that task, but since that port is useless with that pin present, I say get creative.

Maybe someone else will have a more controlled idea. :D

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Oh, and just to make sure...you are referring to the PS2 port on the computer, right?
 

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I guess so>.. I'm from the business software end.. used to have onboard tech support working for me! <grin>
It's round, smaller than a dime and has a circle of pins (5 or 6?) Bill
 

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These are both PS2 ports, but the purple is typically used for keyboards.

A pin is stuck in one of the 6 round holes?

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williemcd

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yep! I can use the new keyboard if I have the tower laying on it's face and I don't even breathe on the now connector.. and yes it's the purple one.. Bill
 

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I can use the new keyboard if I have the tower laying on it's face and I don't even breathe on the now connector..
There is a pin stuck in one of the holes (from the old keyboard), yet you're able to use a new keyboard in that same port? :eek::confused:

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You've summed it up perfectly.. I'm betting though that if I force the new connector, I'll just screw up the new keyboard.. maybe already have! Bill
 

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Yes you'll bend the pin(s) if you force the new connector into the port. We need to get that old pin out of the port first.
 

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Lucked out on this one... These old eyes had to get a monster magnifying glass out to note that the only pin that broke off was the plastic "guide" pin. So.. I just got a pair of very fine needle nose pliers out and removed the guide pin from the new keyboard! Works perfectly now! Bill
 

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Glad to hear it all worked out for you. :)

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I just had a neighbor over who is pretty adept in most things.. Shared the history of my query and he too was amazed. Thanks for all your help/concern. Bill
 
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