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Need help with Power Button Cable Input Plastic Lock on Laptop Motherboard!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Deziant, Jan 16, 2015.

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  1. Deziant

    Deziant Thread Starter

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    Hi, I recently let my friend borrow my Lenovo V570 laptop while I was out of town because he wanted to fix the keyboard which did not work at all. The keyboard was removed and reinstalled with a new one but a worse problem was created. The power button cable was removed and the plastic piece that locks it was lost. I cannot afford to pay for computer repair or a new motherboard, I know its still good since the battery light is on and charges when plugged in.

    Now I cannot turn on my laptop at all and I need it for school ASAP. I read through the maintenance manual many times for this laptop but it does not say exactly what each one of these inputs are for. So my plan was to remove the plastic lock from the cable for the touchpad. At this point I dont care if the keyboard or touchpad works (I will use USB keyboard and mouse) I just need to be able to power it on and working USB ports.
    So I unplugged the plastic lock from the input I believe was the touchpad and tried to install it in the power button cable input since it looks like the same size. Problem is it is very small and difficult to work with and when I tried to install it I slightly bent one of the pins (shown in photos below.

    If I carefully straighten out the pin on the cable input and try it again (any tips would be appreciated in doing this) do you think the plastic lock I removed will fit in the power button cable input? Also are these plastic lock pieces hard to find if I need a replacement?

    Also does anybody know what the input does that I removed the plastic lock from (hopefully touchpad)?

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    Any help is appreciated.
     
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    It may or may not fit, sometimes every connector is different. Personally I would use hot glue to keep the cable in place.
     
  3. managed

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    The bent pin doesn't really matter, those pins don't make the connections they just stop the 'plastic bit' from going any lower when it's horizontal.

    You should be able to use a small piece of plastic to hold the cable in place. |You put the cable in below those pins then push the plastic piece under the pins and above the cable to hold the cable in. You may have to try different thickness's of plastic before you get the right one. If it tests ok after re-assembly you could use hot glue to hold it in place but if it's a good tight fit it should be ok without.

    Good guide for this which I used myself here :- http://www.laptoprepair101.com/how-to-repair-broken-touchpad-connector-on-laptop-motherboard/
     
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