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Old 06-25-2012, 06:08 PM
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Arrow Gateway Power Switch

Hey all I'm looking for one of the small 5 legged power switches that are common on Acers and Gateways. I don't need a power board (the model has the switch right on the mobo.) I can't find just the switch anywhere on Ebay or anywhere else I normally look and I am getting frustrated.

Does anyone know where one of these can be purchased in the US?
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:17 PM
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Give me a model name and number and I'll be better able to help you search.
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:39 PM
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Give me a model name and number and I'll be better able to help you search.
It's a Gateway MD7820u. I did end up finding a few on Ebay once I narrowed down the switch type (SMD tactile push button momentary switch if anyone's curious) but they are all flying out of China.

I just took the switch apart and cleaned the bubble and the contacts on the base with a diamond coated bit (no I didn't use a power tool) and it is working well again.

I'm gonna order some of the ones from China so I'll have them around next time, these switches seem to get corroded after a few years. Normally I replace them with something sturdier but this usually ends up with the power button being removed or cut, the customer wants to resell this machine so that wasn't an option.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/TD-07-6-2x6-...item2a16dec456
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Did you call Digi-Key or Mouser to see if they have anything compatible? They are usually very helpful with ordering these things.
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:16 AM
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It's a Gateway MD7820u. I did end up finding a few on Ebay once I narrowed down the switch type (SMD tactile push button momentary switch if anyone's curious) but they are all flying out of China.

I just took the switch apart and cleaned the bubble and the contacts on the base with a diamond coated bit (no I didn't use a power tool) and it is working well again.

I'm gonna order some of the ones from China so I'll have them around next time, these switches seem to get corroded after a few years. Normally I replace them with something sturdier but this usually ends up with the power button being removed or cut, the customer wants to resell this machine so that wasn't an option.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/TD-07-6-2x6-...item2a16dec456
Glad to hear you fixed it. And now, you know where to find them.
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