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Windows 7: Dell 4600c Front Panel I\O switch Mod

14 May 2012   #1
Gunslinger2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Dell 4600c Front Panel I\O switch Mod

Hello,

I'm doing a custom case mod / replacement for my Dell 4600c PC & I've hit a snag that needs to be solved A.S.A.P. as I'm having a neighbor help with cutting the required holes.

The Dell 4600c is not an easy PC to do a case mod for as almost all of the connections as far as I have read are proprietary connections.

What I'm looking for and have read so far is a SPST (single pull, single throw) switch I believe to replace, or attach to the current power button and I'm on a time crunch so I have to be able, hopefully, find a switch at my local Radio Shack today.

However I need a little guidance as to my options on switches, I can if push comes to shove do a little re-soldering to attach a switch to the panel but I'd prefer a switch that utilizes the switch already on the board as shown in the images I've attached.

The images are high definition to show clearly what switch I'm talking about. So I need some guidance and suggestions from those that do case modding / re-wiring on a regular basis & can tell me what would be an appropriate switch to buy.

edit: If I remember reading correctly it's a STSP Momentary switch, I'd prefer a push button switch (illuminated or Non, whichever is easier). Not looking for toggle or rocker switches, the more discreet the switch the better.




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14 May 2012   #2
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Not sure I'm following what you want to do, but will these help?
Amazon.com: 6x6x6mm Tact Switch (Pack of 12): Computers & Accessories
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14 May 2012   #3
Gunslinger2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What I'm trying to do is replace (hence soldering a new type of switch on, if I can ever find a wiring schematic), or preferably keep the tact switch in place but have a switch or button that would press \ depress the button on the tact switch to power on/off the computer.

As it stands right now the panel with the tact switch will be mounted in the new enclosure and I'll have to use a pen or small screwdriver to turn the PC on & off. This obviously isn't my ideal setup.

I've been looking for a better part of the day for some sort of solution and have yet to come across anything.
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14 May 2012   #4
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Why don't you try to do some sort of membrane that covers the button similar to the membrane buttons on the microwave?
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14 May 2012   #5
Gunslinger2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Don't believe that would work as the board will by mounted on the side (or as close as I can get it) of the enclosure but there will also be the ribbon/flat cable attached as well.

This will push the board away from the side, therefore the board won't be flush with the side to allow for something like that.

I need a tact switch button cap 1/4 inch long or more since the panel is going to be mounted inside the case.
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16 May 2012   #6
Gunslinger2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Think I've got the problem semi solved....
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