How to Remove a 24-Pin Connector on Your Motherboard?


So you’re building a PC for the first time but you’re having trouble removing the 24-pin connector cable from the motherboard. You want to remove it with ample force but you’re afraid of damaging your expensive motherboard and everything else connected to it.

What are you supposed to do?  Learn how to remove a 24 pin connector down below. It’s rather simple once you know how to do it correctly.

How to Remove a 24-Pin Connector

To remove the 24-pin connector, you should locate the small plastic lever on the connector. Squeeze the top of it back to unlock the 24-pin connector cable from the motherboard connection as you unplug the whole thing.

It might be hard to see and there’s little room for your fingers to fit around it. Even the most experienced of PC builders with decades of experience with hundreds of systems still find it quite awkward to unplug these connectors.

Remove a 24-Pin Connector on Your Motherboard

Wiggle the 24-Pin Connector Horizontally

One thing that might help in removing the 24-pin connector is to wiggle it horizontally instead of vertically. Do it across the length of the connector though instead of along its length. Wiggling the connector vertically can make the connector get more stuck than before!

They’re hard to remove for good reason too—they’re supposed to be that snug! You want the motherboard to be that that connected to the connector to prevent accidental removal.

Make Sure to Put Pressure on the Hook

Another way to go about remembering how to unlock the 24-pin connector is to put pressure on the hook. The hook in this instance is the small plastic lever. You can put pressure on it by pressing on it while tugging on the connector.

However, be careful of the surrounding parts as you do so. Don’t tug it too strongly or else you might unsocket or damage other parts connected to your motherboard. Keep trying and have presence of mind as you go about this task.

Use Both Hands and Use Your Dexterity

Put your forefinger on the back of the connector and use your thumb too press the top of the hook, release clip, or whatever else you want to call it. Use your toher hand to grip the outer edges of the connector.

The two hands should be used simultaneously to rock the connector in firm yet gentle fashion out of the socket on the motherboard while the clip is unlocked.

What do I do if my 24-pin connector is stuck?

If your 24 pin connector is stuck, there are a few things you can try to get it unstuck.

  • First, try gently wiggling the connector back and forth.
  • If that doesn’t work, try using a small flathead screwdriver to pry the connector up.
  • If you’re still having trouble, you can try using a q-tip or toothpick to dislodge any dirt or debris that might be preventing the connector from coming unstuck.

What If It’s Still Stuck?

The two-handed approach allows you to have stronger yet more controlled tugs as opposed to only one hand tugging unto the cable connector.

However, if the connector still won’t budge from your motherboard, it’s time to get a thin, flat-bladed screwdriver to get under the release clip and give it extra clearance as you attempt to unplug the connector.. You can even use nose pliers to squeeze the hook instead of your bigger fingers.

Summarization

Removing the 24-pin connector from your motherboard requires a straight upwards pull and horizontal wiggling to unsocket it. There’s a small plastic lever you should squeeze or put pressure on and you should use both hands to remove the darn thing.

With the available space around you, pinch the locking clip on the header block to clear the hold-down tab. After that, you should give it a straight upwards pull to make for a nice, clean removal.

References:

  1. How to remove 24 pin cable from motherboard? Feels like it’s glued!“, Reddit.com BuildaPC Subreddit, August 6, 2020
  2. I’m struggling to unplug my 24 pin power connector from my motherboard… What should I do?“, Quora.com, December 26, 2019

Andy Avery

I really enjoy helping people with their tech problems to make life easier, ​and that’s what I’ve been doing professionally for the past decade.

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