need power switch for old PC

Posted on 2012-09-02
Last Modified: 2012-09-05
Neighbor has an old Victoria PC clone
Motherboard is a Intel pciset SB82371SB
The switch is broken and we'd like to replace it if we can find it. The switch that is.
I have attached pictures of this 1995 PC.
Question by:jsarinana
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    Accepted Solution

    It looks like a standard PUSHBUTTON or  PUSH-ON/PUSH-OFF SWITCH
    Although the plastic cover is particular to that model PC,  the actual switch should be removable and a similar switch can be inserted and if needed glued in place.

    Remove the switch then go to an electronics shop or try online to find  a near match (an exact match may be hard to find)
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    Assisted Solution

    Move the wires from the bottom pins to the pins directly above them. If the switch isn't just worn out from being actuated too many times (typical lifetime on those is less than 5,000 actuations - on, then back off counts as 2 actuations), and it's really the contacts that are burnt, possibly that 2nd set of contacts is still functional.

    Otherwise, the time you spend replacing the switch should be worth at least as much as a new case. e.g. or
    LVL 69

    Assisted Solution

    You can take the connections from the reset switch and replace the ones from the power switch and the reset button should work like the power switch.  This may be easier than trying to find the exact power button.  

    Here's a source for momentary PC switches:  
    Polarity doesn't matter if you're not using a lighted one, and you can buy without them.
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    Author Closing Comment

    I ended up cleaning the switch and now it works fine

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