Having problems with your Dell Inspiron 5100 Notebook ?

Power button mulfunction?

\015 Hi all,\015\012My 8300's power button has been acting strange; it requires a few pushes to turn on the computer. The frequencies increased last few days and now it completely refuses to repond. I checked the connector on the system board, checked the cable and called Dell Tech Support; but still can't figure out what's the problem. Dell Technician suggested changing the power supply, but he is not sure if that's going to solve the problem. I am thinking perhaps the power button is not working, but I don't know how to take off the front cover to examine it. Dell Technician suggested going to a repair store, but that's going to costly and not necessary helpful. Hope someone can help me here.\015\012\015\012Thanks.\015\012\015\012Skyer\015\012I am having exactly the same problem. I have a DELL Inspiron-510m Some times it takes 5-10 minutes to play with the power button to turn the notebook on ! which is unnacceptable. I think the problem is in the power button itself, but I don't know what the solution is and I am just living with it for now ... Eduardo\015

Answers :

Ok, to get at the switch board, take a flat bladed screwdriver and /carefully/ lever the outside ends of the hinge covers vertically upwards. Once the covers are free (you'll find that they are attached to the blue strip), slide the blue strip and hinge covers to the LEFT and then lift. The strip should free from the chassis. The switch board should be held in by two screws (one holds a lug to hold down the keyboard) and connects to the motherboard via a ribbon cable. The part number for the switch board is printed on the upper side of the board. You might find it advantageous to order a new ribbon cable as well; both parts should be readily available from your newarest independent service centre or direct from Dell.
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