my power button doesn't work anymore. is there a way of software reconfiguring the buttons such that the wireless button would act as the power button?
I want to commend joostr for taking the time to document his work and findings. I was able to perform his repair on a studio laptop. Here's the header information from the laptop I worked on:
pin | 1) blue |
pin | 2) green |
pin | 3) yellow |----------------
pin | 4) orange | cable
pin | 5) red |----------------
pin | 6) brown |
pin | 7) black |
1,2,3,4 eventually lead to the wifi button.
5,6,7 eventually went to the power button.
The power button connected 5 and 7.
The wifi button connected 1 and 2.
I used a small needed wedged between the pins and the plastic retainer to pull out 1 and 2 and swap with 5 and 7.
My laptop was a bit different. This header is much smaller than you would at first think and is accessible just by removing the keyboard (which implies moving that status light panel above the keyboard). The cable from the header goes up towards the screen and to the right towards the power button, but there splits off into two cables, carrying 1,2,3,4 and 5,6,7. The 5,6,7 connect immediately to the power button, but the others apparently go through the lcd panel to the left side where the wifi button is. Good luck guys, and thanks again joostr.
The connector to the motherboard has four pin slots, solder the wire from pin 1 to pad 1 on the switch board (farthest from the screw hole), then solder wire 2 to pad 2 and wire 3 to pad 3 (closest to screw hole). The motherboard connector has no wire at pin 4.
The colors of the wires used doesn't matter as long as they are connected pin 1 to pad 1 etc. My wires are black, brown, red in that order. See picture:
I have a 1537. I was able to "fix" my laptop power button with the Joostr method, switching Wifi and power button.
I was also able to get the led to light up when the wifi button was pressed to turn on the laptop
This is the basic layout of the connector, with possible colours that i know of. The colours dont matter, only the positions. Pin 1 will either be black or Blue, just check at the wifi switch witch colour is there.
Pin 1 Switch } Black Blue
Pin 2 Switch } Brown Green
Pin 3 Led } Wifi Switch Red Yellow
Pin 4 Led } Orange Orange
Pin 5 Switch } Yellow Red
Pin 6 Led } Power Switch Green Brown
Pin 7 Switch } Blue Black
Why does wifi switch have two led and power only one? No idea!
In my system i did the following
Move wire pin 1 to pin 5
Move wire pin 2 to pin 7
Move wire pin 3 to pin 6
So that now i have
Pin 1 Switch }
Pin 2 Switch } No wires
Pin 3 Led }
Pin 4 } Orange Orange
Pin 5 Switch } Black Blue
Pin 6 Led } Wifi switch Red Yellow
Pin 7 Switch } Brown Green
The wire pin 4 is left in place. It works so i'll not change it.
Hope this helps.
I have a Dell Studio 1555, pretty old at this point, but it died (i.e. the powerbutton got disconnected) suddenly and I'd like to get my files off it. I did a little research, but it seems like for the 1555 model, the wifi and powerbutton are not bundled together, see
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Any other ideas? I like the rewiring idea, seems to need the least soldering, is there a way to change some other button to be the powerbutton?
I don't know about the power and wifi catcher button being bundled together on the old models,
but if you figure out the wiring of the power/wifi button cable you can probably just short circuit the power button wires to start-up your laptop.
It's been a while since i've been toying with it, but i'm sure you can figure out the wiring with the information above.
I opened up the laptop to take a look inside, and it seems like the power button and the wifi catcher button arent bundeled together at all. There's just a single wire going to the board, containing only the three wires from the power botton. How would I short circuit this thing to turn it on?
Ignored the posts above that are talking obout their 1537s and 1735s. Wired differently (obviously) and only confusing to people trying to learng something useful about their 1555 power switch.
That said, refer to the picture of the 1555 power switch posted above, momentarily connect pin 1 to pin 3. Note: your wire colors may be different.
Pin 2 & Pin 1 power the LED.