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Sean_C
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X230 Broken Power Button

Hi,

I got an X230 a few months ago and the power key has stopped working. It doesn't spring back like the other keys and pressing it has no affect.

My laptop is under warenty so I plan on contacting the store I bought it in about a repair but I'm wondering is there any way for me to use the laptop in the meantime? Does anyone know a way to turn the laptop on without using the power key?

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Message 2 of 12

Re: X230 Broken Power Button

in the BIOS menu, under power management, you can use the option to switch ON the laptop by just re-attaching the AC adapter.

Regards,

Jin Li

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I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft
Sean_C
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Message 3 of 12

Re: X230 Broken Power Button

Thanks for the reply. Sorry if this is a basic question but do you know how I access the BIOS menu? Normally I would interrupt the startup but I can't get that far without pressing the power key.

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Message 4 of 12

Re: X230 Broken Power Button

You are using windows 8 right?
Regards,

Jin Li

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I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft
Sean_C
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Re: X230 Broken Power Button

No, it's windows 7.

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Message 6 of 12

Re: X230 Broken Power Button

the other way to switch on the laptop without the power key, is to disconnect all your power (including battery), and remove the CMOS battery.

Now connect the main AC power (without the CMOS battery connected), this will cause your laptop to boot up automatically.
Regards,

Jin Li

May this year, be the year of 'DO'!

I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft
Sean_C
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Message 7 of 12

Re: X230 Broken Power Button

That worked for me.

Thanks for the help.
bugbuster
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Message 8 of 12

Re: X230 Broken Power Button

My apologies, but I have to ask: What is a CMOS battery and where is it ? I am able to remove the regular battery, but I don't know anything about a CMOS battery. Furthermore, I checked and got a drawing of the keyboard. It seems that the power button is part of the Lenovo X230 keyboard. Now I am thinking of replacing the keyboard. I am suffering...; the laptop is only 2-1/2 years old, I got it for my husband as a Father's Day gift, and now this !
Sean_C
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Message 9 of 12

Re: X230 Broken Power Button

The CMOS battery is under the keyboard. It looks like the attached image. If you disconnect this, along with the main battery, the machine will start when you connect AC power.

 

My overall solution was to get a new keyboard but this allowed me to use the machine while waiting on the delivery.

 

 

 cmos.JPG

Patkei
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Message 10 of 12

Re: X230 Broken Power Button

Hello, I am not very IT, how could I do that? At this time I am using the sleep button, instead of the power button. But a rather use what you suggested to complety turn off the computer and not have the battery drainning becuase the laptop is unplugged. Would you guide me. Not sure where is the BIOS MENU. Thank you.

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