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Presario Power Button Hack

A friend brought over a Compaq Presario x1000 with a temperamental power button (which took many many presses to turn on), so I agreed to have a look.

First thing I did was disassemble it, which I didn’t really document. I took the back (partially) off, which I don’t think helped – really, the bezel above the keyboard (where the power button is) is important, and a couple screws in the back to take the keyboard off are probably all you need. This part by far took the longest.

imgp4148 Next thing I did was verify it was in fact the power button at fault. Pressing it manually did the same as the plastic button above (which just pushed down on this) – which is to say, nothing. Using a probe to manually connect the pins instantly turned it on every time, and there was nothing visibly wrong with the solder connections, confirming it really was the switch that was defective.

imgp4150I looked around for a similar button to use, or something I could jam in that would work, but didn’t really have anything suitable. I decided instead to re-purpose the mute button (hopefully he will at least change the power settings to put it in suspend, rather than turn off.. I probably should have suggested that in retrospect). It had a ribbon cable connecting it to the motherboard, and shared a common ground with the power button, so I just had to route it over to the power button. After finding the correct wire with an ohm meter, I pulled it out from the ribbon.

imgp4154 Finally, some soldering and that’s it. The mute button now functions as power, and the old power button does nothing. I haven’t yet heard how many times he’s accidentally turned off the system..

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  • Matt Simpson

    Erm, you might be a huge geek if … Haha.

    I will have to send you the photo I had Karla take of me when I had to replace the DC-In board of her 12″ PowerBook G4. It’s geek enough that I did this to begin with, but uber geek that I had her take a picture of me holding up the empty Mac body.

  • anon

    Thank you for the post. I have the same Compaq Presario X1000 laptop and have seen another Compaq Presario 2227US with the same problem (made at about the same generation as the X1000). Both suffer from intermittent power switch. The 2227US had a mainboard swap in 2004 and developed the problem around 2 year after that. The X1000 had the problem for the last 2 years and the switch finally died completely yesterday. On the X1000, I confirmed that the switch was dead, sprayed a little WD-40 on top of the switch and “massaged” the switch to let the WD-40 soak it. The switch is now (almost) as good as new.

  • TM

    Yesterday I replaced power button on my X1000.

    You can download service manual for X1000 here:
    Manual will halp you to safely open laptop and remove all parts to reach to motherboard where power button is located. There are lot of screws so you can easily missplace them. I usually use paper tape to place them near their original location.
    Also, you can buy same power buttons in RadioShack, item# 275002. Bag of 4pcs cost $3.99