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My 5150 would not start after the USB cable plugged to the front was kicked out. I suspect damaged to the starting panel. If that's the case would it work after replacing that front panel?

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  • chris33chan Mar 29, 2010

    Tks have just tried but still cannot switch on. Have took the front panel out & tried to turn on from the black stick switch but still no reaction. Wonder if it's the mother board? Could mother board be damaged by kicking off cable from USB port?

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The front panel's usb ports may have broke, Unplug them to test..

Open pc and look for the wires coming from the front panel,

follow the wires and look for the one that plugs into the front usb port, and unplug it from the mother board not the front panel,

If the pc starts then!! yes a new front panel will work 100% or just keep front usb's unpluged... if not it could be the mother board,

Posted on Mar 29, 2010

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    Matthew Albert Mar 30, 2010

    start unpluging ram cd/dvd hard drive and all cards keyboard and mouse..and retest,,, if you get no life, then its the mother board or cpu chip,, Yes kicking the usb out and having the system power off from it is not good!

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Try disconecting that conector from the motherboard and restart. if it runs go from there.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010

  • Billywpb Mar 29, 2010

    Try disconnecting the switch/led connector from the mobo and. determine which wires go to the switch and touch the corresponding conector posts on the mobo with a penny. if it starts the switch *** can be replaced

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Yes the front panel might be damaged so replace it and try if your problem is solved than your hardware might be damaged
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