I’m told that a PC power button has stopped working.
The PC owner has a young (maybe 2 year old) daughter, who likes to push buttons and often has sticky fingers, so I’m not surprised.
The last time I visited, the button would often stick when pressed, and wouldn’t easily spring back out.
Given that this PC also has a reset button, then the easiest thing to do is to unplug the power button wires from the motherboard, and plug the reset wires into the power header.
So, the reset button becomes the power button, and the old power button becomes a toy for the toddler.
But the PC refuses to start. Sometimes the fans will spin, other times it will beep (indicating a hardware error).
Eventually, it starts to look like a power supply problem. I explain this to the owner as I’m going to the car to get a new power supply. His wife overhears, and says: “oh yeah, something happened with the power the other day… sparks were flying and everything…”. 😐
OK, plug in the power supply, and everything works fine.
Regarding the faulty power button: have you fixed a faulty computer component in an unusual way?