I need the small ribbon cable (or whatever it is called) that connects the power switch to the mother board as well as two of the small plastic pieces that fit in place to secure the cable. Where can I buy such things?
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Re: Gateway 7330GZ- PArts needed
Those cables are custom made for each manufacturer and model. The only place to get a replacement (other than buy a junker on ebay) is from the manufacturer. The plastic pieces are another matter. They are standard connectors and you can buy them from Digikey or Mouser. Soldering them in place is not for a novice. You need a proper soldering iron, desoldering tool, very fine solder and a lot of patience and skill.
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Make sure the small cable from the switch to the mother board hasn't come loose. It comes loose fairly easily when reinstalling the cooling fan plenum. Its happened to me twice. Its even possible to plug it in the wrong place. Doesn't hurt to double check.
It is just below the keyboard under the palm rest. Remove all of the screws from the bottom of the unit, carefully - from the left side, pry up the trim panel that has the power button (careful since the power button board is screwed into this panel), then remove the screws for the keyboard, slide it up towards the LCD to release it, remove its ribbon cable, you should be able to gently pry the upper and lower case halves apart enough to see the battery. The cases will NOT seperate!!!!!!!!!
I then used a small straight blade screw driver to pop the battery out. It was a CR 1220 3v lithium coin type battery in my 7330GZ. I had to go to a specialty battery store to get one!
Hope that this helps!
Your computer works fine. Its just a little plastic tab that has broken off of the power button. Bad design! The power button doesn't sit right about the power switch. The broken tab makes the switch. The button is directly about the LED light. You have to remove the power button panel (Your user manual will instruct you on that) and then you can rig something where the plast tab was or just remove the circuit board from the panel and just power it on with your finger on the circuit board. No risk of shock. Well it hasn't gotten me yet :o) There's only two screws that you have to remove from the back of the computer to remove the panel and keep in mind that the top hinge covers are part of the power button panel so you have to gently loosen those with a little screw driver as well.
If you go to where the start button connects to the computer mother board and disconnect it. YOu can put a screwdriver across the two spikes coming from the board and it should start. That wil confirm that it is not a board problem.Next get a small battery test light ,or ohm meter and hook to the two wires from the switch. Press the switch.If it lights that everything is ok. If not you are down to the wires or the switch. Disconnect the wires for the bvack of the switch and test the switch with the light again w/o the wires. Works now=bad wires or connection. Does not work=bad switch.
lay down the screen flat
then get the two screws under the power bar
lift up power button bar carfully,you will see ribbon cable connected to the mother board with little brown clips, one on the power button also, this ribbon cable is very thin, and you probably will see the cracks with maginfy, order ribbon cable on ebay
I have the same laptop and have had to take it apart completely a couple times. Luckily to get at the power button is fairly easy. On the bottom of the laptop there are 4 screws towards the back, take out the middle two (they'll be long ones). Now flip over the laptop, open the lid and using a flat headed screw driver you want to pry the plate with the power button, etc. along the top of the keyboard off (it just clips in, those two screws were holding it down). Under that plate will be a small chip that has a ribbon cable going to the motherboard. My ribbon cable recently got broken so I'm working on figuring out a method for powering it on now.
Your best bet is Ebay. That's where I get most of the small parts I need. If you can't find the exact part, look for a machine that doesn't work. Sometimes you can pickup a whole machine with a bad motherboard or other major issue cheap. Then you have several spare parts for your machine.