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- Gateway power button problem
June 23, 2007, 1:02 am
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for a while, all the multimedia keys on this bar above the keyboard
with the power button have not worked all the time.
After ripping it apart, using a multimeter, I believe the cable
connecting this strip to the motherboard is at fault. At the
motherboard, a couple pins on the cable have 3.25v, but at the other
end of the cable, I get nothing. I'm no electronics expert, but I
suspect what isn't quite right. I don't know exactly what this type
cable is called, to begin to search for a new one at Mouser or
someplace like that. The pins are exposed on only one side of the
cable at each end, and they go into a socket that has a locking, push-
down mechanism. I've seen this setup in a few electronic devices.
So, I've been pondering another way to get around this. I was
thinking of using another 3.2v source nearby, and solder a wire to the
right pin and make a new button. But, I'm stuck wondering how to
figure which is the right pin, there are 10 or 12. With the cable
unreliable, I can't get good readings with the meter as I push various
buttons. Anyone think it's possible to do this and recreate a power
Any other tips would be appreciated. I'm just not ready to give up on
this lil' machine.