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Computer works fine, power button does not.

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March 6, 2013 9:37:52 AM

Hey all,

Long time lurker here,

I've just set up a new gaming rig, specs below. While fiddling with the sata cables (there isn't much space), I accidentally pulled out the power switch cable. The computer works fine, the power switch does not. It will reset, however to power on I must use the button on the MB. Have I damaged the cable beyond repair?

Specs:
MB: Z77 Oc formula
Case: antec 900
will provide more details if necessary
a c 714 ) Power supply
March 6, 2013 9:59:20 AM

Is it plugged back in properly?
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March 6, 2013 10:00:52 AM

I've tried both orientations, neither work. It is definitely plugged in.
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a c 714 ) Power supply
March 6, 2013 10:06:06 AM

Check that you did not pull one of the wires out of the connector. To check if the cable is alright can be done with a multi meter by checking for connectivity with the button pressed.
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March 6, 2013 10:22:31 AM

The wires and button are fine. There was no resistance with the button pressed. MB?
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March 6, 2013 10:25:55 AM

are you plugging it in the power one? check the mobo manual to find out.
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a c 714 ) Power supply
March 6, 2013 10:26:23 AM

Possibly the header. You can test the pins on it by just shorting them quickly with a flat head screwdriver, has the same effect as pressing the button.
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March 6, 2013 10:28:48 AM

The power button was working fine prior to the sata cable incident, it is definitely the power one.

There was no response when shorted with a flat head screwdriver.
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March 6, 2013 11:12:25 AM

contact case mfgr. then you will know for sure if possible new switch if check local p.c. repair new switch under 10.00 done God Bless.
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March 6, 2013 11:19:58 AM

Schmant said:


There was no response when shorted with a flat head screwdriver.


Hmmm, so when you shorted the pins on the MB nothing happened? If that is the case then I think the pin mounting on the MB has become damaged, do the pins have any movement on the MB, they should be solid.
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a c 714 ) Power supply
March 6, 2013 1:22:03 PM

Yep it is the pins on the motherboard header, soldering broke or something like that.
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March 6, 2013 8:57:31 PM

The pins don't move, if the soldering broke is it possible for me to repair?
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a c 714 ) Power supply
March 6, 2013 9:22:27 PM

Soldering would be on the backside, if no visible damage then there is a possibility to do RMA. Those pins should not brake by just pulling the plug off them.
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a b ) Power supply
March 6, 2013 9:38:17 PM

hmn, i thought it was the button, i was going to suggest that you use the reset button instead
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March 6, 2013 9:54:19 PM

I've had the MB for 2 days, how long do I usually have to return?
I had read elsewhere that using the reset button can work, but the cord is connective, and the pins don't respond to shorting.
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a c 714 ) Power supply
March 6, 2013 10:07:55 PM

Depending on where you are but in the US usually 30 days from date of purchase to retailer after that to manufacturer out the warranty period.
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March 6, 2013 10:22:50 PM

Thanks all! I think we have reached the end of the line here.
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