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The On/Off switch is mounted inside of the Case Front Bezel. It is
very unlikely that it is broken. The problem is the front bezel
plastic switch (which is not really the switch) is more like a cap or a
knob that comes in contact with the actual switch is somehow broken.
You can remove the front bezel to see I am talking about.
Manually push On/push Off on the actual switch and your system will turn
On and Off like it should.
If it's what I think it is you can get it open by inserting a very small object like a toothpick into the small holeon the face of the disc drive somewhere, most of the face plates on computers are just that a fake front, so when you push the button there is a peice of the fake fron that hits the actual button on the drive, if you get it to open with the tooth pic you can remove the entire front of the computer, if you think you can and see if the fake button is broken off, if it is you can then remove that part of the fake front in front of the actual drive door and it will just look a little funny but will function normally, I knoe it's a lot to follow but if you go slow you will see what I mean
Occasionally, Windows or the notebook might stop responding, so that you cannot turn the notebook off. If this happens, try the following in the order listed. Press the power button to restart. • If possible, shut down Windows: press ctrl+alt+del, and then select Shut Down > Restart. If the system will not allow a software shutdown, press and hold down the power button until the display shuts down (about 4 seconds) and then release the power button. Press the power button again to restart. • Use a ballpoint pen or a straightened paper clip to press the reset button on the bottom of the notebook.
In other words: You will not loose any saved data if you reboot your laptop this way. All unstored information (open documents etc.) might be lost though.
Does anything happen when you turn it on? First thing to try is unplugging the notebook and then removing the battery. Then, replace the battery, plug in the notebook and try to power it on. If nothing happens still, try removing the battery and then plugging it in and try to power on the notebook with no battery in it.
Best price i could find for you is at a site called AttBatt.com. Here's a link to the page with your battery: Compaq Presario V5201 battery. The price at the time i'm writing this is $80.99 US with free shipping within the United States. Best of luck with your computer!