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Be gentle

01/08/06 | by [mail] | Categories: computer/tech

Busted miceSomeone brought me their computer this weekend because their mouse wasn't working. They had replaced it, but the new one wasn't working either. I was hooking up the computer in my workshop to see if I could find out what was wrong. As I hooked up one of their mice I notice that the pins in the plug had been smashed down flat. The new one and the old one were both like that. I photographed them with a good mouse on the right side so you could see the difference. So, I found the source of the problem (and had a good laugh) without ever turning the computer on. Rembember, be gentle. I tried bending the pins back with tweezers, but they're beyond repair. Click on the image on the left to see a bigger version.

Update: On Josh's suggestion, I made a poster with this image.



Who did you use for the hand model?

Tim [Visitor]01/08/06 @ 20:40

My initial reaction was ‘Holy crap, how did they do that?’. Looking at your pics, though, it appears the two screwed up connectors don’t have the black plastic key in with the pins. Is it just not visible in the pic, or are these some kind of cheap off-spec connectors? No wonder the pins bent if the solid plastic key is missing.

Josh [Visitor]01/08/06 @ 21:08
[Member]  http://www.brendoman.com/01/09/06 @ 07:26

Wow, they must have pushed *really* hard. You should make one of those motivational posters with a picture of all the bent pins and the message “If it doesn’t fit, push harder". Classic computer poster right there.

Josh [Visitor]01/09/06 @ 10:07
[Member]  http://www.brendoman.com/01/09/06 @ 13:45


[Member]  http://www.brendoman.com/kyle01/09/06 @ 15:53

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