Power Button, connection broke

Hewlett-packard Presario sr1730t desktop...
November 22, 2009 at 10:34:39
Specs: Windows XP Home SP2
I am not a computer wiz, so my terminology will be horrible - The power button on the outside of the tower broke. I could feel it wasn't connecting when I would press it. I removed the side of the computer and could see that plastic clip that holds the wires leading into the back of the power button was broke and no longer connected. For a while I would just "hotwire" the computer to start it up. This worked for sometime and now the computer wont start at all. I dont know if I shorted something out or what.

It is really exensive to have someone come and fix this,I feel like I could do this myself with alittle direction.

If anyone has an idea - my ears are open.

Thank you.

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November 22, 2009 at 11:00:23
Explain how you "hotwired" it. All you have to do is touch the 2 wires together for a split second to start the PC. After that, they should be separated. Did you leave them connected after the computer started?

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November 22, 2009 at 11:49:12
the wires go into a plastic jack type piece. The wires were intact in the plastic piece, but a prong was broken off of the plastic. It wont stay connected to the back of the power button. So I just place the plastic piece to the back for a split second and it would start. The wires are still connected to the plastic piece, but when i hold it to the back of the start button there is no juice.

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November 22, 2009 at 13:45:56
if it were me, i would cut the plastic piece off:
first unplug the computer, cut the wires one at at time,
then strip each one back about 1/4 inch but leave them
apart. then plug computer back in, then touch the two bare parts of the wires and see if computer kicks on. if not, you have other issues and the repair shop probably necessary. If it kicks on, i would then proceed to radio shack or hdwe store and purchase a momentary-button-switch, power down and unplug, attach the wires (solder preferably, but if twist-up, be sure to use electrical tape on all exposed conductor), then mount switch somewhere accessible on front or side.

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November 22, 2009 at 20:07:55
Under the plastic button on the front panel should be the intermittent switch. That switch should be mounted to the chasis and not the panel. At least that's the way it is with most desktops. You can remove the plastic button (which I guess is the broken part) and be able to use the switch normally.

If the switch is bad you need to replace it at an electronic store as mentioned above. If the 2 wires soldered to the switch are not both intact then they should be resoldered.

Help me Jebus!

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