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Old November 4, 2010, 01:55 PM
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on my old 8800gts i broke mine as well, most connectors can be dismantled, the metal tab inside the plastic casing should come out, there's normally a small hole in the plastic where you can push down on the metal tab to extract it, witch makes the soldering a breeze without melting it.
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Old November 4, 2010, 09:12 PM
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Is the black wire for negative voltage, or ground?
FYI you can check if it's ground for curiosity's sake.

Disclaimer: do not do this with the video card plugged in
If you have a multimeter, you can check if it's ground by touching one probe to where the broken connector plugs in, and the other probe to the part of the PCI-E connector that is supposed to connect to the PSU's black wire. If you read zero resistance REGARDLESS OF WHICH PROBE IS CONNECTED WHERE, then it's ground. (e.g. touch the red probe to 1 connection and the black to the other, then check again but with the probes swapped, to make sure that you're not going through a diode or something like that)

If it is ground then there are a few cheats you can do to avoid that pin, although I won't mention them because there's just too many ways to burn your computer with a ground wire floating around.
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Old November 5, 2010, 07:03 AM
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One thing that could be a problem (?) is that the connector is so small and i'd be heating up something that is like 1mm from plastic. Can this be fixed any other way? I think I should try to find my magnifying glass.
Could I remove the broken part, strip the wire, re-insert and keep it there with electrical tape/glue?
Is the black wire for negative voltage, or ground?

THE BEST WAY TO FIX THIS IS TO USE HEAT SHRINK and solder

use a safety pin to remoove the connector from plastic header (look for tang)

now slide on your shrink tube on black wire

then strip wire for enough to wrap wire strands around the crimped part of connector

solder then slide up shrink tube and seal it

re-bend tang back and replace connector back in header
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Old November 5, 2010, 12:33 PM
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or take a another matching connection from old or broken fan, so to have a pig tail on connector to wire up blk wire
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