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Power button My computer is approximately 5 yrs. old. The power button just recently stopped working. I can no longer turn the tower on by the power button. I've check all power cords and they are working properly. Is this a common problem and how difficult will it be to fix or replace it? Thanks in advance for your help!

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Hi.  I purchased two 4600 series computers in 2004.  One of them belongs to my ex-husband.  Because I purchased the computers, all correspondence relating to both computers comes to me.  Early last year I received a receipt stating that he ordered a power supply.  I thought that meant that he ordered the power cord, and thought that was rather odd.  A couple of months later I came home and my computer would not turn on.  When I pressed the power button the computer attempted to power up, and then would shut down.  I called my ex to ask him why he had to buy additional parts for his computer, and he told me that one day he went to turn on his computer and it did exactly the same thing that mine did.  Then I called Dell and gave them the serial number for his computer and told them that I needed whatever they sold him for my computer.  It was the internal power supply.  It is the part that contains the fan that cools the computer.  If you google Dell 4600 and internal power supply you will see that this has happened to so many people it is a wonder there was never a recall.  I believe the part cost me less than $30.  I am not a computer genius, but it is all cannon plugs and all the pieces are numbered, so it was not that difficult to install, I did it myself...just make sure you note which wires belong where.

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Open the power button and you will see the mechanism just wedge a piece of metal or sorts to make a connection and vola!

Posted on Jan 17, 2008

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Actually that happened to myself as well! i called dell and went through a few steps with them, and they said to replace the power supply and the motherboard as well.

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If it is the power button itself you would have to purchase the entire front panel, unless you can find some parts somewhere, but if there is no power to the system at all, you can check the four diagnostic lights, they are either on the back of the system or under the front flap, if none of those are on then you are more than likely looking at replacing the power supply and maybe the motherboard, you can check the power cord to make sure its ok, swap with the cord on the monitor they are both exactly the same.

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