Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" tablet by Acer, with a 10.1" screen, 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA processor and a 16 GB hard drive.

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Broken on off switch

Acer customer service tells me that the on off switch is an integral part of the mother board and I need to replace the mother board at a cost of over $200. Is there a way to fix the switch or should I just trash it. My internet research indicates that this is a known problem with this unit but I have not yet found a solution.

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Dennis, my Acer Iconia has the same problem, the on/off switch is stuck inside the tablet and unable to reset it. I would like to know where you had yours serviced so I may get mine worked on..thank you in advance for your help.

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Mine was done by a local tech at a repair shop in Las Vegas. I had to try several repair shops before I could find someone who was willing to try. I had a very good idea what was wrong and had taken the back off before I went to this shop. After he took a look at it he was willing to try. You might have some luck with the same approach. I doubt that my shop does mail order work but if you can't find someone locally let me know and I will ask if they are willing.

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I am in Atlanta, GA and I have the same problem with the power button on my Acer A500. Does anyone know were I can get it repaired or have in structions on how to repair it?

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I finally got this fixed this week. From my internet research I found that the problem is a design flaw with the on off switch. The button you push is not a switch, it pushes a lever shaped like a tiny golf club. The "club Face" contacts the actual switch. Apparently it is possible to push too hard and dislodge the contact. The repair involved removing the back, taking out the mother board to access the switch, positioning the contact properly and reinforcing it so this won't happen again. It was more than I wanted to try so I managed to find someone to do it for me, he charged $49.00 and it now works perfectly.

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My power button broke on my Acer, well, the 3 very small prongs that connected the power button to the mother board broke. So I after a few attempts to think of ways to fix it back on there, I decided to take the power button off completely, and just use a piece of folded up aluminum foil to touch the contacts!! It works like a charm for me! :)

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My button fell off can you send me a picture of what I have to do to make mine work please

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Thank you! this has worked for me :)

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can i please get a picture of what you did Sarah? My button broke too

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Thank you very much it worked! Even the geek squad couldn't help me but you did. Thank you!

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I just fixed this today, unfortunately it required soldering wires to the MOBO and out a little hole I made. The wires can either be touched together to act as a button, or they can be soldered to a little button and used as an external button. There might be a way to connect the button on the inside of the unit but I was unsuccessful in doing this.

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Can you show some pictures of that mod?

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Bob,

I assume you want a picture of the wires soldered on the MOBO. I should have made a guide about this, but I didnt. Now I really would rather not open it up again. Its actually easy (at least to me) to get the MOBO out and see where the original power button was. It only has 3 solder pads that connect the old button to the board. What I did was solder a wire to each of the left pads, leaving the third one alone. This is while looking at the MOBO while the power button is on the top right.

Anyhow, here is a picture of the finished result. Its pretty "out there" and not very well secured, but didnt really know how else to do it, and it will work just fine for my customer.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d32/mi...

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Acer-Iconia-A500...

here is a link to ebay. He is fixing the power button.

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The only guy who really knows how to fix the power button issue professionally he even put a hard plastic protection around the power button that acer never did so no matter how light or heavy you push the power it will last for a long time not to mention affordable quick turnaround fast reliable repair service online specially OFFLINE!!! also comes with 30 days warranty that you will never gonna need it!. nobody offer this type of service in CA and nationwide only this guy http://www.ebay.com/itm/Acer-Iconia-A500...

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I have same problem that the power button has sunk inside the casing my iconia comes on when i charge it up so i set it to never sleep so no need to use the power button as it is now always on

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Yes, but when It turns off, how you going to start it without the power button?

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I agree with Sarah Carter. I removed the button, stuck a piece of aluminum foil in there to make the connection, and it started up like a charm. It may not look pretty, but at least it's functional now. (And it only cost me pennies for the tiny strip of foil that I used.)

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Hello,

Can you post a picture of how it is done? I have the same problem

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A shop near me did it for me. cost me a tenner but then I put hot glue over it and let it set solid so it won't come off again it was a small phone/ computer repair shop in Hull UK I would have done it myself but my soldering iron is like a spade compared to what was needed for this job as the button is really small and has three connections on it

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Can i get a new on off switch

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Does anyone know where to buy a new power button? (or a part number?)

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Here: http://www.ebay.ie/itm/252034935133?ssPa...

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hello i want to buy a power button from my acer iconia tab a500. where can i buy this?my email giorgosavlogiaris@gmail.com

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