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I need to know how to get the bottom off my laptop so i can get to the power button and fix the sensor underneat it. i removed all the screws on the bottom yet it wont come off. myl aptop is a gateway ml3706

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  • thisxorxt814 Oct 04, 2009

    is there a diagram or a sheet i can follow to do this?
    i really need my computer for school but the power button just stoped.



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The bottom doesn't come have to remove the cover on the screen hinge and remove the keyboard and monitor to isolate the "bottom" of the unit. After you have removed the panel on the hinge, you can unscrew the keyboard and detach the screen. At this point the bottom can be removed by taking off the main boards and other connected components.
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The power button in my Gateway laptop MT6451 got pushed it can't be accessed from the top. How can it be accessed from the button?

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The plastic Power On button you see, presses against a carbon button Power On switch, below it.

I suggest removing the Switch Cover, and then you can access the Power On switch's carbon button, and press it down to turn the laptop on.

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2) Laptop closed, laid on it's top; Bottom side up.
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SET, your mouse cursor in the middle of the photo. This allows the Zoom In feature.
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This shows you where the 4 screws to be removed are.

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Go to the third photo down. Has two screws circled in Red.
I just want you to look at the Battery Compartment. (Not the red circled screws)

Look under the whitish - -
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Once these 4 screws are removed, turn the laptop over.
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Now you are going to remove the Switch Cover.

In the above link scroll down to the 5th photo, and 6th photo.

This video also shows you,

From 0:45 to 0:47
Please use care when removing, it is plastic.
The video has been sped up.

This is a look at the Switch Cover removed,

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