Gateway NV52L06u Laptop power button doesn't work

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  1. trickshot63

    trickshot63 Newbie

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    When I bought this used the plastic power button was missing. I looked down in the hole and noticed the actual power switch was about one eighth of an inch away from the hole where it was hard to even see it. Well I actually had to buy the entire top cover (keyboard bezel/palmrest) of the laptop because the plastic power button is "plastic welded" to the cover. I replaced the cover with the new cover and attached the power switch board, held in place by a plastic stud and a screw, and reassembled everything. The problem is, the power switch is too far away to be clocked by the plastic power button. There is no way to adjust anything, and I DEFINITELY have the correct new top cover (keyboard bezel/palmrest). Am I missing a part somewhere? Thanks for any help
     
  2. TreeTops Ranch

    TreeTops Ranch Notebook Evangelist

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    Can you place something between the power switch and the power button. I know some fixes for keyboard keys not making contact is to place a tiny piece of a plastic straw in between switch and button. Maybe that would work for power button too.
     
  3. trickshot63

    trickshot63 Newbie

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    No, The problem is not that it too deep to make contact, it's too far below, as in too far South...Kinda hard to explain with words
     
  4. TreeTops Ranch

    TreeTops Ranch Notebook Evangelist

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    I think I understand what you mean. Can you rig up some kind of lever thing to reach that switch? If you can see it you should be able to jury rig something so that you can turn on your computer. If it is completely out of sight then you are out of luck. Just don't use anything that is metallic. Maybe a photo would help us help you.
     
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    StormJumper Notebook Virtuoso

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    There is eBay where you can buy a replacement power switch cover for your power button to fix it they sell either the spring with the button or each separate. Also you might want to take a pic of it and so other can see and can explain more about what you can do to repair it.
     
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    Sam612 Newbie

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    There is a small plastic tab on the end of that plastic power button that may have broke off. Rather poor design, a real weak point of this computer. I had the same problem. Ended up cutting out the slot where that plastic key sets and using a plastic pointer to turn the Gateway notebook computer one. Hope this helps.
     
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