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Turning on hp slate 500 without power switch - HP Slate 500 8.9 Tablet

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    joecoolvette Nov 06, 2012

    You would have to open it, and jump the two wires going to the Power On switch, BRIEFLY. (The Power On switch is a Momentary Contact Switch)


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I hope you found a solution months ago, but just in case:
My switch also broke a while back, and this is a common problem with the slate 500 due to the construction of the switch.
This should help:

My solution: remove what's left of the plastic switch (if anything) then use a long thin thing (LTT) (about 2 cm long) in the hole where the switch was. I use a squashed paper clip - someone else had a mini screwdriver, someone else the toothpick on their pen knife.

Put the LTT straight at the top of the switch hole and pull down, the same way you used to pull down on the power switch, then let go. The indicator light under the switch hole will blink 3 times quickly if you've successfully tripped the switch.

All the best!

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

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    joecoolvette Feb 28, 2013

    Excellent Rob C, glad you posted! With no reply from poster, the subject just seemed to have died. I was going for disassembly of the unit next, lol! No I don't have a guide, or manual. About time someone made directions though. Should come apart like an All-In-One Desktop PC. I was going to use the TouchSmart All-In-One Display Disassembly instructions, ,and a video on disassembling the HP TouchSmart IQ770, for a start, I figure you come in from the back, just like the all-in-ones. Would have posted to send it in of course, if it was still under warranty, or this is an HP fix for free. Post back in a Comment. Regards, joecoolvette

  • Rob C Mar 04, 2013

    The slate 500 comes apart with some difficulty - you have to level off the bezel all around (a plastic strip around the outside of the unit). I managed to break mine outting it back togather, so it's held together with tape and switched on with a paper clip.:-( Time for a replacement!

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    joecoolvette Mar 04, 2013

    So is the indication there is no screws, hence no Screw Covers; and the bezel is popped off? Just as you would per se for a laptop? (Using the newer design of no screws/Screw Covers) Then remove screws from a metal Screen Frame, going around the LCD screen; and remove LCD screen to access the hardware components? Not trying to bother you Rob, just a curious 'computer geek'.


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