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Gateway 503gr power switch

I discovered that the power button was broken. I took the front panel off and saw that one of the plastic pieces that holds the switch in place is broken. But with the front panel off, when I press the power button, it still won't power up. Gateway says I need to order a power switch and they gave me the phone number of a company. This company only has the front panel, not the power switch. I don't think this will help me.

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If you are a practical person, the power on switch is the crudest item ever on a pc. The switch simply completes a circuit. If you look on you motherboard at the front panel connector cables, you will see the two that go to the power on switch. remove them, flash a small screw driver across the terminals and it will come to life

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I have the same problem as the original poster in that the orange button goes down when pressed but then slips just a little to the side and won't come back up.
I've made it come up by pounding on the case next to the button with my fist, by jiggling the button with the eraser end of a pencil (usually resulting in it ruining the printing of the booklet I am trying to print by printing a test page), by grasping the side of the top casing near the button and trying to flex it, and by using a pocket knife to try to make the button's hole bigger in the casing. It finally got so bad that nothing I would do would make the button work.
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