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Broken power flex cable to power board

Ok, so I have a 7330GZ, been using it for a while (was given it by my uncle). It was working great, I had just done some work on the LCD and in the process managed to wreak the power board flex cable.

The power board has 7 buttons in all. Volume up, media player, volume down, email, Internet, file search, and power.

Now I don't care about the other buttons, I don't intend to use this laptop as a computer anymore, I just want to get the power working so I can turn it into a digital picture frame.

So my question. Is it at all possible to wire this power board (or a completely separate power button) to the motherboard connections so I can just make it turn on?

The reason I'm unsure is that the signal runs through the small circuit board, odds are that it converts the signal at some point before being sent through the flex cable. So if that's the case I would have to wire the power board to the motherboard with a cable or wire of some sort (I would buy a flex cable, but I can only find them outside of Canada and would take too long to get here).

Any help would be incredibly appreciated.

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  • Brendan Rose
    Brendan Rose Dec 18, 2008

    Not being recommended is definitely understandable, I'd prefer not to do it, but I badly want to get this laptop powering up.

    I've been doing computer repairs for a number of years, so working with hardware is nothing new to me, though this will be a first attempt at repairing rather then replacing.

    Basically my view is that if it works, awesome, if it doesn't and the laptop is toast because of it then whatever, it would be heading to the recycling anyway. At least this way I have the chance to make something cool and learn something while doing it.

    I'm assuming I want to keep the power board rather then using a separate button. So do I basically want to just run wire from each of the connections on the power board to the corresponding connection on the motherboard? Of course being careful to not let them cross and probably blow up in my face :P


  • Brendan Rose
    Brendan Rose Dec 19, 2008

    Thanks. I have the original power board, just missing the cable that connects it to the motherboard. I'm tempted to just try connecting individual wires from each connection to the corresponding one on the motherboard and we'll see how that works. Thanks for the suggestions, they will definitely come in handy :)

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The thing can be done.since you are a expert and have knowledge in repairing the computers for many years,i assume it will be not be a riskier job for you.but remember to give the recommended voltage to the LCD screen since the whole unit can be damaged easily by a small variation in the voltage.hope you can complete the job in no time .thank you.good luck

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You would need to get your hands on a service manual for this laptop, possibly get your hands also on the original power button and see how it works, from what I've seen from a acer laptop, on it the board was simple buttons and a few leds, so making a custom power button would be quite simple, but it debends so I recommend you get your hands on a service manual and the part.

ones you have figured out what two pins work as the power switch you can wire a simple switch into them.

This is not recommeneded.

 

Posted on Dec 17, 2008

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Yes this is possible but not recommended

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