Posted 16 March 2008 - 08:42 PM
I have a problem that I'm not sure where else to take it to.
The power button on my computer sticks. Usually when I push it, it'll go in and slowly pop back out, not being springy and quick like usual. Every time I push it I'm on edge, worrying it's going to get stuck and stop working. Now the button feels very resistant and I'm really uncomfortable turning my computer off, as I'm worried it'll get stuck permanently. It really started worrying me that it might get stuck for good. So lately, I haven't been shutting it down. My computer runs fine, but my electric bill isn't. It's only been turned off a few times in quite a few months, mostly because the power to my apartment went out. This happened a few times, and during those times, the button did get stuck and my computer wouldn't turn on at all. Trying to push the button again did get it loose, but it was still a challenge. It's not stuck at this current time, just still very resistant and still prone to getting stuck.
My computer was custom built, and I've been trying to contact my builder about this issue, but she seems to have fallen off the face of the Earth. I had to move quite a ways from home for a job, so taking it directly to her is pretty difficult. I'd need to take a few days off work just for the trip.
Is there a simple solution for this? I'm not very computer-savvy when it comes to the actual parts and hardware. The most I can do is plug in a flash drive or hook up a printer. I don't want to open this up as 1. I don't know how. 2. I don't want to break something when I don't know what anything is in there. I'd hate to try to find a repair place and get charged, or find out it can't be fixed. I doubt it can be loosened up with a little WD-40....heh.
Any advice? Anyone?