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Power button does not work, I have to use the arrow button to the right of the power button to turn on my M-1625 Gateway. What is wrong?

It is a Reconditioned Gateway M-1625 laptop computer that was my son's and he had it over in Iraq for two years in the dust and sand. When he brought it back home to me it was covered in layers of dust, on the outside. So I knew the inside had to be full! I took it completely apart and blew out all the dust and sand and put it all back together. The power button still would not work. I don't know if it still has dust under the button or what but it will not turn on by that button but it will by the multimedia arrow button on the right of the power button. Can the power button be replaced without replacing the whole MB?

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    Stephen Shannon Dec 14, 2012

    Thomas F. Schneider, I think (not completely sure) the power button is soldered to the MB. The outside button is just a piece of plastic with a tab that when pushed the tab pushes the internal button on the MB. The power button, on the MB, is a small 3mm x 3mm white square with no wires coming in or out of it and that is why I think it is soldered to the MB.

  • Stephen Shannon
    Stephen Shannon Dec 14, 2012

    If the Power button IS soldered on the MB and IS bad is there anyplace I can purchase one? I have never found a computer manufacturer that sold individual pieces like that, just whole MB's.



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If it's just jammed/stuck, try a LITTLE silicon spray. Compressed air?

Posted on Dec 12, 2012

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    Stephen Shannon Dec 14, 2012

    When I had it apart I used an air compressor and blew out the entire board and case, I think the power button, on the MB, is either bad or not getting a good connection. I already asked if there was any place I could purchase a new one and I am waiting for an answer.



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