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Acer Travelmate 2300 boot up/ power on button issue

Upon pressing the boot up button on my travelmate 2300 win xp notebook  I noticed a few days ago that the button would light up for a second or two (a few other lights also turned on) then it promptly shut off. There was never any splash screen or entry into windows xp. You could press the button fifty times and it still wouldnt load. (in all cases I used ac power).

Next morning I pressed the startup and it turned on!!!!  I then used the computer for about 8 hours.  Thought it was just a temp glitch.

Then I went to a cafe and the same problem with startup occured again.
Again, I waited overnight with the laptop on my desk and it miraculously started up, went through the splash, loaded the desktop screen then FROZE! I also noted there was no power coming through the usb ports to my mouse.

Upon trying to reboot it went back to the same old, button flashing then not going through with the full load. I "shook" the laptop and strangely was able to get it back to the frozen desktop screen state.

Note I swapped in an old hard drive I used for backup purposes and the same issues occured. So it's not the hardrive.

I'm not sure how the above symptoms could be related to a corroded power on button. I opened the case, looked at the golden button thing underneath the rubber button case and it 'looked' clean. But maybe it's sending out infrequent or a continuous signal????

Any comments would be greatly appreciated.


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  • quanta Oct 29, 2007

    Yeah, I opened the case and looked at the button. It "looked clean" and I brushed the gold piece. It might be best to order the new part myself and see if that fixes things. Why the laptop screen freezes now on boot up may be a result of a corrupted drive. How the power button could corrupt the drive is beyond me, unless it sends out an erratic signal continuously and the whole system siezes up.

    I'll post a response should I find an answer. 

    Thank you for your time.

  • Anonymous Nov 11, 2007

    My laptop started with the same symptoms, its the power on switch which is the culprit and you will need to change the launchboard for this.

    easy solution is press the power button real hard for a while and it will definitely fire up. Unfortunately I tried out this system for a long time now and the power button on my system has been permanently damaged and am searching for a new launchboard myself now.

  • CalgarySimon Jan 03, 2008

    Experiencing exactly same thing here - also with Acer TravelMate 2300.

    My current solution is 1. Leave it on all the time. 2. In case it's turned off for whatever reason, keep on pressing power on button. - It took me 20 minutes and about 100 press button this morning to get it on. Sounds terrible? It is.

    Really appreciate if anyone can provide a permanent solution.

  • fornone Feb 03, 2008

    exactly same thing,power button flashes with power light.have to keep pressing until it powers up.
    since the button and power light flash,the button should be working,is that right?what's the real cause for it?anyone has fixed it already?



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Check and see if there is anything making it stick like spit coffee soda lint or whatever if that fails try booting up from disk: put XP disk in CD drive when or if it prompts you to boot from disk do so and see if it detects ANY ERRORS at ALL you may need to re install windows wich btw sucks to have to do

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I want to thank everyone for posting this because I just sent my Acer 5570 back to the manufacturer( Acer) and they returned it saying it was the power supply only to find it was till the power button having to be pushed excessively hard. I have cleaned it also and have to conclude it must be the button itself .Now do I leave it on all the time or push the button hard until I mess something else up or send it back to Acer to have them tell me nothing is wrong? Thanks for the heads up!

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