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Power button nearly broken - HELP?

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    Power button nearly broken - HELP?


    The power button on my friend's laptop has started getting stuck, more and more and sometimes so much that it will keep turning itself on and off. Apparently a repair is very pricey on this build of laptop (said the shop) and I remember that on older versions of windows i could set an alternate key in the BIOS-options to boot windows.
    But as i looked more at the windows 8 i saw BIOS has been replaced with UEFI, but is there any other way then that i can set another key on the keyboard to boot the laptop? or any solution that's similar?

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    Sometimes the power button is its own assembly, sometimes it's part of the piece called the palm rest. It shouldn't be a particularly expensive repair, the main cost would just be labor. Check ebay and criagslist to see if you can find someone selling the same make and model for parts for an unrelated issue like they broke the screen. Avoid anyone saying it's because of liquid damage though. You can probably find a teardown guide on the Internet and do it yourself for very little.

    Also, FYI, the BIOS and uEFI have nothing to do with Windows. They are entirely independent components of the computer from Windows. In very simple terms, the BIOS and uEFI do the very basic initializations of the hardware needed to boot Windows or any other OS.
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    We had a computer repair shop look at it, and apparently it's a strange build so it cant be taken off in any way without opening it, and if the official "lenovo" shop doesn't do that then the guarantee will be lost (its only a month old). They're the ones that set an insane repair price (1/3rd of the new computers price for the single button 0_o ).
    I was more wondering if there was a way similar to this BIOS- setting: Turn ON Your PC Using Keyboard or Mouse | CSArchive.Net
    Where you can set a key on your keyboard to also act as "power on" button for the computer, so we could just avoid using that button completely since you only use it to turn on.
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    If it's only a month old, this should be covered under warranty. It's a manufacturing defect and they should be fixing or replacing the unit free of charge. They may require you to ship the unit to them out of pocket, but other than that it should be free. Even refurb units tend to have a 90 day warranty which you'd be well within. Call up Lenovo and make them fix this. If you happen to be within a no questions asked return period from wherever the unit was purchased that would be another option; taking it back and swapping it for a new one. Then the retailer can send it back to Lenovo under the terms of their contract. Hopefully Lenovo isn't like Apple where retailers can only return like 2% of their defective products and be reimbursed.
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    I am in complete agreement with asvent. The only way I'd think it's not in warranty is if you bought a used laptop.

    Did you buy the laptop from a local computer shop? If you did, start there and if they don't do that type repair, they should at least give you the information you need to send it to the manufacturer for repair.

    BTW, if I went to an official manufacturer's repair shop and they couldn't fix something as simple as this (they should do it under warranty), then I'd stay away from that shop forever.
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    Your friend should either contact the store where they bought it or Lenovo to see about getting it fixed under the warranty. If they don't want to get it fixed under warranty why worry about voiding the warranty?
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    I'm pretty sure she just bought it in a normal electronics store.
    I think the trouble is that she most likely has spilt something herself, meaning the warranty probably wouldn't cover it, but as it's just a single button she'd like to not void it in case something would really mess up with the computer. But at the same time it doesn't seem worth the price they are asking to repair that one button (1/3rd of the computers price, and it is brand new).
    Lenovo also don't seem reasonable about it at all, the cost of just getting it to them is apparently also insane.

    I've also told her to have a pc shop fix it or ask insurance, but as it doesnt seem to be the case then it was simply a matter if there was a way to bypass the power button on a laptop with windows 8 and UEFI :/
    But it doesn't seem to be the case from what i've found.
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    if you suspect she spilt something on it ,likely a cola or mixed drink.,then go to electronic store or hardware store and purchase a small can of spray electronic cleaner and spray small amount around the button area until it helps loosen up the sugar /syrup of the drink .

    some thing like this
    Contact Cleaner | Electrical Contact Cleaner & Contact Spray

    more images
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=elect...2&ved=0CCYQsAQ
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    Ah! I haven't seen that before! I'll definitely send this to her, thank you!
    Hopefully we have something like it here in Denmark
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    Quote Originally Posted by Partzzz View Post
    Ah! I haven't seen that before! I'll definitely send this to her, thank you!
    Hopefully we have something like it here in Denmark
    I would think they will have it there
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