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#1 Swanheart

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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?

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 09:13 PM

Well, if you don't want to open it up there's really nothing you can do. You're going to have to access it. Even if it's just to clean it and maybe stretch the spring a little. It needs replaced. almost any momentary contact switch will do. Even a non-illuminated doorbell button
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 07:31 AM

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I never heard of turning a computer on with a doorbell button before! LOL!

I wonder if a clapper would work? Might be a cheap workaround for a while.
That way the power button would always stays in the ON position
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:13 AM

newer/atx use a switching power supply with a button that just momentarily shorts 2 leads on the motherboard, the power supply then sends full power to the motherboard


leaving the button down or keeping the short going would then kick in a hard power down after 4 seconds

another atx feature

gone are the olden days of at power and a simple on/off

this could be worked with an on/off switch

you would flick it on and immediately flick it back off to start the computer

Edited by DaChew, 17 March 2008 - 08:15 AM.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:21 AM

I actually used a doorbell button when I modded a case once. The doorbell faceplate was the head of a gargoyle. I drilled out the eyes and added a couple of red LED's it looked pretty cool. Kind of went with the whole Dungeons and Dragons theme they were looking for

Edited by garmanma, 17 March 2008 - 08:23 AM.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 09:39 AM

You could also try using a dry silicon spray to lube the switch.
 
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 09:53 AM

I can`t resist it, my vote is for the Clapper, you know, "Clap on :thumbsup: Clap off"

Edited by JPeterman, 17 March 2008 - 10:09 AM.


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Posted 17 March 2008 - 06:42 PM

I uses these all the time for Power switches and Cmos reset buttons for overclocking cases.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 07:22 PM

thanks for some of the replies. The clapper sounds like fun!

I found a local repair shop who said they could fix it. I'd hate to put the money down for something that's sounding simple. I'm still uncomfortable opening it up on my own.

What's the silicon spray like? Is it something I could find at wal-mart?

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:37 PM

What's the silicon spray like? Is it something I could find at wal-mart?

Yes, it should be in the hardware section
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Posted 19 March 2008 - 11:01 AM

I actually used a doorbell button when I modded a case once. The doorbell faceplate was the head of a gargoyle. I drilled out the eyes and added a couple of red LED's it looked pretty cool. Kind of went with the whole Dungeons and Dragons theme they were looking for


lol that's freakin awesome

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 04:13 AM

Thanks for some of the advice. While I don't want to spend the money, I found a computer repair shop and hopefully they'll solve my problem. I may still invest in the silicon spray, just in case.

If I could find a cool looking doorbell...that would make a great power switch!




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