As I was changing my PSU, i was trying to take out the 24 pin mobo connector, but i realized something. The latch on the connector hits the IDE sslot next to it, and It is almost impossible to pull out, and I don't want to force it and break the mobo.
how can i take this freakin connector out?
I noticed that on the top right of the motherboard there is apparently a screw missing, and when i try to pull the connector out, the mobo bounces up and down. I have an extra screw, should I screw it in?
First, use a butter knife. Second, screw that board down so it doesn't come up as you pull. Third, using the knife come in from the side and pry the latch away from the connector. Once its away you should be able to just pull the 24pin connector away.
If the butter knife is to thick, try a dull steak knife. This isn't that hard to do. If you have any smart small children around you can ask him/her and see if their fingers are small enough to do it normally.
allright, I'll try that, see how it goes
another thing i noticed:
If i pressed hard enough the latch did come off the connector, the problem is that the commector was hard as a rock, and the latch bumped into the ide socket next to the mobo connector.
It usually is very hard. Try the side by side approach. It's when we pull one side first,then the other side. Make sure the lock is released when you're doing it, assuming the connector has one, which it usually does.
edit - about the latch, which is the main issue, try an L shaped knife or slim ruler while you're pulling it side to side.
This is gonna be a bit risky, but it's worth the try. Separate the mobo from the chassis, then try to release the 24 pin connector with a help of another person holding the mobo. Be gentle though, since you won't have a flat surface like when you're trying with the mobo installed to the chassis. But in return, you'll have plenty of room to manipulate the latch. All this assuming you're 24 pin cable is long enough for an adequate manipulating room