Windows XP Home SP2-Starting problem with front switch

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xfile47

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Helping a friend of my wife from where she works, thought I could fix it for him but now not sure.
He had his computer sitting on a front porch for I guess quite awhile so it got cold and warm and cold and warm etc.
He had a bunch of spyware viruses etc
I did a clean install and everything is good except for starting.

If you press the front button to start it like normal nothing happens, absolutly like it is dead.
However, if you turn the surge protector off and take out the battery and put it back in then turn the surge protector switch back on it starts right up, I guess it is like draining all the power and then starting it. You can then run xp and do anythng normally and then go to start and shutdown and it will shut down but then if you press the button on the tower again it acts like it is dead again.

So if you do the battery thing again it will start right up or if you unplug the power cable from the back of the computer and wait about 10 sec like draining the motherboard then plug it back in and it automatically starts the computer right up and everything is normally and it runs great. BUT when you got to start and shut it down the you cannot start it with the switch button ;you have to do the power drain again.

Does this mean the switch is bad or could there be something else wrong or what? Can someone help me, I am rreally stumped here and I would like to get it running so it starts up the right way. Thanks in advance for anyone who will help with this.

It is an emachine T1842 Mother board is a Trigem emachine imperial
 

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Hiya

I've moved you to the Hardware forum for more response :)

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Try replacing the CMOS battery all that hot/cold action can ruin a battery.... FAST
Also, try opening up the Case and removing the wires that leasds to the front switch, then using an insulated screwdriver touch the 2 pins that the wires were on, if it works- it's a bad switch. if it doesn't could be a bad board.
 

dustyjay

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It sounds like the BIOS is set to Start up when Power is detected. As for the front switch, you can try to swap the leads for the reset switch and the power switch. These switches are electrically the same. though the power switch may have a connection for an LED.
 
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