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Alright, this is for you Papa Smurf - the little picture that the guy posted in there, it looks good, but in practice, it doesn't work - I tried doing the same thing with an identical connector to yours. Now I know why you're so frustrated - it is a royal pain in the butt!

So here you go, I did some experimentation with methods, and found this to work the best

I hope this helps you, because I just spent an hour playing with paperclips, connectors, and the macro function on my digital camera.

I tried this multiple times and found the results easy to reproduce




supplies: one SMALL paper clip, one needle nose pliers, and the suspect 3-pin connector

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what the pin is SUPPOSED to look like when it's not in the molex:

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front of the molex connector:

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back of the molex connector:

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insert paper clip into the FRONT of the molex connector - UNDER the pin (into the NARROW PART of the molex connector behind the pin)

push the paper clip in until it stops (not very far)

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now, BEND/FORCE the paper clip in the direction of the narrow part of the molex connector (force the tip of the paper clip against the molex pin)

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now, the paper clip may fall out - there is no longer resistance against it - you bent the retaining tab on the pin into the pin, so now it is no longer hooked on the molex connector



flip it over:

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GENTLY start to pull on the wire - you may have to wiggle it a little bit - or may need to repeat the previous step if you didn't bend the retaining tab on the pin in far enough for it to release itself

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now that the pin is removed - this is what you just did by forcing the tip of the paper clip against the retaining tab - the retaining tab has now been bent inwards, and is no longer holding the pin inside the molex connector:

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rinse and repeat as desired


before you re-insert the pins into the molex connector, you will have to take a paper clip or something smaller - I have a set of dental picks that I use for this purpose - the sharp point of an exacto blade will also do the job well if you don't have dental picks or something similar (just be careful!)
    
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band.gif Son of a gun. That works slicker than all get out. Took me about 5 minutes to take both 4 pin ends off of a PWM Splitter. The only tricky one is the one directly behind the tab due to the clearance, but even that one isn't that difficult. There isn't enough Rep for all of the work you did on this. I thank you and my fingers thank you even more. wink.gif You definitely went the extra mile on this one.

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Ahh this is handy my fan controller has these on it for 6 fans D:.
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I have a giant bin full of miscellaneous wires cables and adapters, and knew for a fact that I had a number of connectors similar to yours, although I have to admit I never tried to remove the pins/connector to sleeve them. So to be honest, I was curious as to how the hell I could get them out after reading your post and the "I'm about to give up" line Smurf posted. I burnt a couple wires trying, and eventually figured out that the above method worked, and was easily reproduced.

Glad I could help out - amend this to the FAQ section anyone?
    
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