This is my first post, hopefully I am in the correct forum and not breaking any protocol.
I have a Toshiba A105 laptop, running WinXP-SP2, 2GHz processor and 1GB memory. Pretty decent laptop, but I work in a dusty environment: (farm, dirt, dogs and computer keyboard cats)
The unit is a little over a year old and began to exhibit overheating symptoms. I very carefully disassembled according to instructions and removed a small pickup load of dust and debris.
But in reassembly, I broke one of the flat ribbon cable latches - of course it is the ribbon connector from the POWER ON button.
The connector is OK, the cable is OK, I just can't make it fit tightly. When I went to Radio Shack, JDR Electronics and Mouser.com, I couldn't even find a description of "little plastic locking pieces".
I figure as graceful as the typical adult male is, there should be a boatload of these parts being sold in mixed sizes.
1) What is the technical name for the connecting cable - the flat pieces of multi-conductor ribbons?
2) What is the technical name for the various sized little plastic locking pieces?
3) Anybody know who sells multi-sized kits of the above two items?
4) Anybody know who sells schematics of the Toshiba motherboards that lays out pin connections?