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It will not turn on

I am trying to remove the case so that I can see the connection from the power button to the mother board I cannot open the case enough. I also inadvertyantly (while trying to get a better view) disconnected the ribbons from the touch pad and the keyboard. Can you help me?

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I believe the power button connection is part of the palmrest assembly on this model. If by "inadvertyanty disconnected" you mean "broken the connnectors" then I don't know what to say, otherwise you simply reconnect them. The service manual can be downloaded here.
Any reason why you thought there was a problem with the power button connection?

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