It actually started merely as trying to get to the fan to see if it had been clogged by dust, but anyways...
I attempted to do this with a Compaq Presario CQ50 laptop. I was doing all right in the opening up process, but then, when lifting up the keyboard and panel, I had to disconnect the ribbon cable from the power button to the mother board.
It looks a little messed at the power button end - a couple copper prongs seem a little off... But where I think I screwed up is at the mother board end. The cable originally slipped into a white plastic housing and seemed to be held in place from above with a long, wide piece of black plastic that just pops out but doesn't seem to pop back in.
I pretty gently pulled the ribbon cable out - took very little force for something I perhaps wasn't supposed to do. It left the black "top part" still in the white housing. When I began to suspect things had gone awry, I easily pulled the black part out of the white part. Now I can't get the black part to stay back in, nor can I get the ribbon cable secured in there.
I did my best with what I had and reassembled, but pushing the power button now does nothing.
I came across a thread on here where a guy went through something similar, though he may have had a different connector - I'm not sure.
I am presently unable to send any pictures, as this laptop being out of commission leaves me with only the backup computer I am currently using, which barely even allows me to login to and post on this forum. Anything more complicated is out of the question at the moment.
I welcome any advice and really hope I can DIY my way out of this mess.
Any help is really appreciated.