Laptop power button only works sometimes...

July 6, 2013 at 15:40:53
Specs: Windows 7
I've been having issues with my laptop power button. If I power down my laptop and try to push the power button to turn it back on, it ususally does not work. I will let my laptop sit and sporadically push the power button, and every once in awhile it turns on. I've resorted to keeping the laptop open 24/7 and plugged in. I've tried removing the battery and doing the static discharge thing. It has no effect. After I do this and press the power button, nothing. Any idea if this could be something worth fixing or will it be soon time for a new laptop?

I have a Dell Inspiron 1545. It is approximately 3 years old. Running Windows 7.


See More: Laptop power button only works sometimes...

Report •

#1
July 6, 2013 at 16:48:46
I have the same computer. Alas, I have no such problem. Otherwise this is most likely a very simple problem.

Your battery is most likley not at fault; the button is the most probable culprit.

Like most tiny push-buttons, as the power button on a laptop is, they wear out over time (think clicked-to-death mouse). This is most likley the case, if you have used the button constantly or put undue pressure on it. At this point i don't know what to tell you, besides bugging some poor tech at a repair shop to replace it.

But it is possibl it is just a piece of garbage wedged underneath the button not allowing it to fully depress. Does the button click or not? Try using a can of comppressed air to clean out underneath the key. You may have to remove the small pop-off panel that covers the area above the keyboard to get underneath the key fully.

Let me know if this helps.


EDIT: Obviously, leaving a system on 24/7 is not good for long-term longevity, depending on when you plan your next upgrade.

~oldie
Not everyone can decipher Klingon script...
chay' ta' SoH tlhe' vam Doch Daq


Report •

#2
July 7, 2013 at 15:36:30
Power Supply Unit failure is also a possibility.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


Report •

#3
July 8, 2013 at 10:10:23
"Power Supply Unit failure is also a possibility."

@Derek, re-read the OP. note his system is a laptop, so it's either the battery or the switch. No psu, aside from the adapter.

Any luck yet, puddelz?

Oh, and puddelz? depending on what your guts are in that computer I would think about getting a new one anyway. My 1545 is getting crappy and it's only 4 yrs old.

~oldie
Not everyone can decipher Klingon script...
chay' ta' SoH tlhe' vam Doch Daq


Report •

Related Solutions

#4
July 8, 2013 at 15:04:35
OLDISGOOD
Thanks for spotting that - I swear I'm going blind sometimes.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


Report •

Ask Question