The power button is stuck in OFF position. How do you disassemble the laptop to fix it?
I am helping my daughter on this problem because her Internet connection is unavailable due to this problem. She went to turn on the computer (Gateway 7508GX PC Notebook) and the power button is stuck in the OFF position. This button appears to be connected below the top of the keyboard on the upper right corner.
It won't come up with simply trying to realign the button with a screw driver.
Where do you start and how to finish taking the laptop apart is my question. There are no good manuals available online. Must it be taken to a computer repair shop?
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Kind of. If you disassemble the laptop and remove the lid you can definitely access the keys. You should be able to replace any missing keys (if you have replacements) and you can attempt to fix the stuck keys. But, it's not typically a situation where you can go in there and say you are just going to replace an entire keyboard.
easy solution is to purchase a usb wifi dongle which normally comes with install disk, can source for less than 10.00 and will work to connect to internet without using the built in wifi card you are having trouble with
power button switches are usually very reliable and very unlikely to fail. However, sometimes the button that presses on the switch can become stuck in the on position - if it is stuck in that position the mboard cannot boot - make sure it isn't stuck. next check the AC adapter is working and is capable of charging the main battery? Most laptops will not boot when just the AC adapter is connected, and the main battery must be capable of being charged to at least a minimal level and be charged to at least that level in order for the AC adapter to work to help boot the computer. hope this helps
Yes--take it apart again and check all the connections. As a general rule, if it worked and you "fixed it" and now it doesn't work, then you need to find out what you forgot to do when you put it back together.
Check power adapter’s DC plug that connects into the laptop power socket with a multi-meter, the voltage should be slightly higher than the voltage that is printed on the label on the bottom of the adapter. If the voltage is zero or way below the voltage that is printed on the label then the power adapter is faulty and needs to be replaced. If the adapter is OK then connect it to the laptop and power it up, then look at the power/battery charging LED light and wriggle the power plug in the laptop's power socket. If the power/battery LED light flashes and in a certain position this LED light stays firm, then the power socket is either faulty or it has a dry solder joint where it is connected to the motherboard. This can be repaired but it requires the laptop to be completely dismantled to get at this power socket and repair. If you cannot DIY then I suggest you get a quote first.