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Compaq Presario S5200NX on/off button is slow and needs to be pressed a number of times before start-up. Can this button be replaced or is there another problem

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I don't suspect the button is the problem. unless you see physical damage to it. Take off the side cover and examine the motherboard. Look for any capacitors that might have leakage..(capacitors look like little cylinders ) Often they get puffed up and have a brownish residue on the tops. If so, you need to back up your stuff, as your motherboard is on its last legs.

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I belive the button can be replaced, if its an older computer it could prove difficult to find that particular button though

Posted on Nov 18, 2009

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