We just got a new computer desk and I have a terrible mess of computer cords from the existing computer. It looks like an out of control octopus. Does anyone have a simple way of getting the cables and cords behind the desk? I am worried about unplugging everything and then the computer not working again. I am a computer beginner. Thanks for any help or suggestions.
Mary from Redmond, WA
You can use "zip" ties to secure, you can buy then at Walmart. Or just regular string perhaps. They sell covers for the wires. It looks like a long tube. I tried it once but was frustrated because some cords were longer than others and it didn't seem to work right. (05/27/2008)
I use bread ties to hold cables next to each other coming out of the back of the computer and then also to roll up the extra so they are under control. (05/27/2008)
Use an old curly phone handset cord. Cut the ends off and just wrap around all the wires together. (05/27/2008)
Thanks for the replies so far, but I need to clarify my question. Is there any way that anyone knows of to simplify unplugging and re-plugging in all the cords? The new computer desk is the tall kind with holes in the back wall for the cords. There is a slide out keyboard tray as well. Right now there is a giant mess of cords to the side of the desk and I need to feed those cords through the back and then I will be able to tie them back as you all have suggested. I just am not sure of how to go about setting it all up again and I am worried that it won't work right once I unplug everything. I was looking for some way of identifying the components and cords so I wouldn't get mixed up when it is all apart. There are so many smart people on this site that I thought someone might have a clever way of doing this.
Thanks in advance for reading this.
I use a section of PVC pipe to run the cords through. This keeps them all together and it's much easier to clean the floor around them by simply lifting up the pvc pipe. (05/28/2008)
I think I know what you are getting at, and I don't think there is really any "simple" way of doing what you're wanting to do, other than maybe labeling them somehow as you unplug them. But, usually, computer cords all only plug into one place, so there really shouldn't be a problem of getting them mixed up. Hope that helps.
Renee in TN (05/28/2008)
When I first started using the computer I had the same concerns you do and was very worried I would hook it up wrong if I unplugged it. So I did this. I got some masking tape and on each cord I put a letter starting with A. I then went to where that particular cord was plugged in on the back of the tower or component and put the corresponding letter where the cord plugged into. In other words...A to A...B to B etc. worked great and got it right every time. Just be sure you get the tape on so it doesn't fall off before you get it back to the right place. I know that Radio Shack sells label for this exact thing or they did, but tape works just fine. Masking tape is easy to remove also if and does no damage to the cords or the computer. Hope this helps.
Hi, I was very computer illiterate a few years ago. I'm still not great but you can look at the ends of the cords and then at the plugs on the computer and see where it goes. They are shaped differently and some are also labeled. You can do it! Just do this when you have a while and aren't rushed.
God bless you. (05/28/2008)
I have used the cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels to organize cords from TVs, DVD players, game consoles, etc. Keeps them organized and from getting tangled. (07/26/2008)
Sunnyside up gave you the answer. Label the cord and the hole it goes into with masking tape using A to A, B to B, etc. method. (11/18/2008)
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