This is basically it. I got my new raspberry pi and I got a GPIO ribbon to connect it from the raspberry's GPIO's to a breadboard. Now I am trying to remove the ribbon from the raspberry by just pulling upwards, but despite the great amount of force I've used, it does not come out.

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How do I get the ribbon out of the pins?

Thank you!

  • \$\begingroup\$ Could you show us a picture? \$\endgroup\$
    – tgun926
    Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 7:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ I posted the picture. Do you have any idea of how I can remove it? \$\endgroup\$
    – JJJack
    Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 7:15

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Pull harder. Assuming it is a standard double row IDC connector, anyway. These things sometimes require a lot of force to separate due to the number of pins. You can also try working it off by rocking it back and forth, only moving each end by 1-2 mm to avoid bending the pins.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Also, "rock" the connector - try to raise one end a small amount, then raise the other end, etc... until it is fully released (but don't rock the connector enough to bend the pins!) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 7:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you... I just needed to pull harder indeed. I bent 2 pins in the process though. Never using that stupid thing again. I'd rather use jumper cables. Thank you again! \$\endgroup\$
    – JJJack
    Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 7:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ Levering it up with a small flat-blade screwdriver works well too. (obviously) you have to make sure the circuit is off to avoid accidental shorts. \$\endgroup\$
    – markt
    Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 7:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, best to remove the board from the case, then insert a the screwdriver between the header plastic and the connector plastic at one end. Rotate the screwdriver slightly. Then go to the other end and do the same. Repeat a couple times and then connector will be loose enough for you to pull it off with no bent pins. \$\endgroup\$
    – Thor
    Commented Mar 7, 2020 at 19:01

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