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My tower Power button will not work

By Ooyamaneko
Jun 23, 2014
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  1. Hello I am new to building the pcs so I am afraid I may have fried mine I really am pry I did not but this is what happened.

    I finish the pc and when I turned on the power supply the power button on the motherboard glowed so then I pressed my tower button and nothing worked so then I re setup he F_PANEL cords u know the pwr switch and all that jazz. turns out it was set up wrong so I put them in right and tried to turn on the computer again the power button on the motherboard turns on but not my towers power button and so my pc will not officially turn on I am guessing and I am worried that I may have fryed my pc because when I took out the f panlle cords I realized my pc was still on and turned it off immanently and I am afraid that may have fryed the motherboard if anyone can help me it would be wonderful I am freaking out and have no Idea what the problem thank you for reading :D
    P.S My tower button does not making a clicking sound when you push it I am not sure if that normal or it is broken or somthing it just doesnt make any click sounds
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,432   +218

    You could have a defective power switch on the PC case. Test this by using the reset switch as a temporary power switch. The power switch and the reset switch are the same for practical purposes except, of course, the size of the button (on most cases). If the reset switch works and is able to start the PC, then you know the power switch is defective.
  3. hopgop1

    hopgop1 TS Enthusiast Posts: 192   +22

    You can also short out the two power pins with anything metal to test if its the case power buttons which are defective as mailpup mentioned.
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,674   +879

    OK, bear in mind you can also lock the power button on in Windows. (Control Panel > power options > when I push the power switch the computer>>>>does something).

    Obviously, if you haven't tampered with those settings, this is a lower likelihood issue. But, it is possible.
  5. supermandisco

    supermandisco TS Rookie

    My geek friend suggested replacing power supply box & that's what it was. Although getting back online was a problem after it was replaced, I had to readjust clock date & time, then use system restore.
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,531   +300

    ^ That is unrelated to a switch problem, that is a bad PSU. If a PSU is real bad then sure it won't power the computer up after hitting the power button. OP indicated he thought it was a switch and that maybe he fried his motherboard - but he never replied so we won't know.

    To shed some more light on your issue, it also sounds like the little battery on your motherboard is dead. Because even with a bad PSU, you shouldn't have to reset the date. You can test this by powering off your computer, unplugging the PSU cord, and while it is unplugged try turning your PC on. I'd then let it sit a few minutes (this may not be necessary, but it isn't going to hurt anything), before plugging it back in and booting up. If your date and time is incorrect that battery is in need of replacement.
    cliffordcooley likes this.


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