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pc power button switch

theparttimetheparttime Registered User regular
So my pc won't turn on and I'm 90% sure its the pc power button, its broken before and I was lucky enough to have an old tower lying around. I took the old button off from the old tower broke off the extra plugs like the hdd lights and etc so that all that was left to plug into the mobo was the power switch. And it worked. it broke again (i don't take good care of my electronics), so my question is do they sell power button switches that will easily plug into my motherboard? do I need to get a special button specifically for my motherboard. was wondering if they would have something at fryes or radioshack.

thanks for any help, I tried google but many hits were power supply discussion.

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  • EgoEgo Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    You can buy any sort of intermittent switch (pressing the button just bridges the two wires together), then splice the wires from the switch into the wires heading off the motherboard from the old power switch. I'd just buy a doorbell at a hardware store and save myself buying something on the net or hunting around town for a real computer power switch (doorbells are just intermittent switches too.)

    You could have a pretty classy looking power switch ;).

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  • Dunadan019Dunadan019 Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    you can take any metal object and connect the 2 pins that the power button was plugged into briefly. if this doesnt turn it on, you have a problem with ur mobo

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  • theparttimetheparttime Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    coool. i didn't even think about splicing stuff, not much of a hardware guy. and i might try that doorbell thing. thanx guys.

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  • nexuscrawlernexuscrawler Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Just buy a 75 cent push button switch from radioshack

    I had a problem like this and ended up just touching the two wires together by hand and it worked fine too

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    We've got one machine here that the button the case was broken, so we just pulled the switch and the wires through the case. Is it the button that presses the switch? Or the switch itself that is the problem?

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