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    How to do a power switch

    Hi there
    I've been searching a lot, but couldn't find a simple thing as this.
    I don't want a shutdown controller that powers my computer when i on my computer, so i decided to get a switch extension.
    well in simple words, instead of pressing the button on the case, i want that button somewhere else, like on my dashboard, as my case is going to be on my boot.
    someone please shed some light on this.
    thanks!

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    simply open up your pc, cut the wires going to the power button, make this cable longer, untill it's long enough to go to where ever you want your button, and then attach a button to it... it's just connecting 2 cables to a button which has 2 terminals...

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    cant really open the pc that much as the cables go into the case and i cant take them out coz theres metal

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    How can you not open the case?
    Whatever... That's your issue. You're not going to extend the power button until you open up the case, so I guess it's a moot point.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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    The on/off switch on a motherboard cannot be simpler. Follow the case switch wires to the motherboard. There should be a series of pins for on/off reset and LEDs. The on/off will be two pins and should be covered by a little connector that you can pull of and on. These two pins when connected for an instance will start the computer or commence the OP shutdown if its already running. You can test this by touching these pins together with a spoon/screw driver, it will start the computer.

    This should give you an understanding on how it works. You need to buy a push button switch not an on/off type. Simply splice them into the existing wires that go to these pins, cut a hole in the dash plastic somewhere and mount the switch. The wires is only a relay so any wire is good, thinner preferably.

    If you cant open your computer case maybe you should pay a professional to hook this up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eagleslayor View Post
    cant really open the pc that much as the cables go into the case and i cant take them out coz theres metal
    if you can't open it, i wonder how they've put all the parts in it

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    the case is welded and the cables come out all together, the BIOS speaker, lights, power switch, etc. so i dont know how to get to the switch

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    I have NEVER seen a PC case that doesn't open up in some way to gain access to the components inside. That's twenty years of mucking about with PCs.

    I refuse to believe that opening this PC case isn't going to happen.
    Now, there may be screws that are hidden behind covers, under "WARRANTY VOID IF REMOVED" stickers or disguised in some way.

    I assure you. The case will open, unless the "welding" was done by someone. God only knows why someone would weld a PC case closed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    I have NEVER seen a PC case that doesn't open up in some way to gain access to the components inside. That's twenty years of mucking about with PCs.

    I refuse to believe that opening this PC case isn't going to happen.
    Now, there may be screws that are hidden behind covers, under "WARRANTY VOID IF REMOVED" stickers or disguised in some way.

    I assure you. The case will open, unless the "welding" was done by someone. God only knows why someone would weld a PC case closed.
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    jumping to conclusions

    I think you all are jumping to conclusions a bit.

    The OP is not saying he cannot open up the PC. He is saying he cannot get to the SWITCH. This is standard in MANY PC cases I have worked with over the last 20+ years.

    Assuming you have an ATX type power supply (you almost certainly do unless your PC is >10 years old).

    You will need to cut the two wires leading to the current switch. You will need to purchase a normally open momentary push button. It will have two wires leading from it. Extend and connect your two wires to the this button whereever you have decided to mount it.

    Spektre

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