# Can a power ribbon be spliced together?

1. Nov 3, 2015

### ppppparker

i was taking apart HP notebook to replace HD and when I was pulling the housing for the keybaord up I didnt notice this ribbon connector thing that was threaded through the housing. It snapped apart. It connected straight to the power connector. I dont understand how ribbons work but it looks like that it would be impossible to put back together because there are 4 or 5 strips of metal underneath the plastic sheath..so i guess you have to just replace it (?) .. But is this right? Is there a way to repair it? thanks
(I can post a pic if this explains the prob better)

2. Nov 3, 2015

### DaveC426913

Which is easier to replace? A $5 busted cable, or a$500 fried notebook?

3. Nov 4, 2015

### rbelli1

It depends on what material the cable is made out of. If it is a copper flex circuit the the answer is with great difficulty. If it a conductive ink type then it is pretty much impossible to fix it. Either way replacement is the best answer.

BoB

4. Nov 4, 2015

### ppppparker

ive since looked it up and its about \$10 replacement so i guess its not worth it to even try to fix.