Hi, My MacBook Pro (2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo) has served me perfectly for about 2 years. About a month ago, it started exhibiting problems with the internal USB connection for the keyboard/mouse, whereby it would disconnect and reconnect intermittently. This was due to the cable underneath the battery becoming kinked (see http://jasonrobb.com/2008/11/24/macbook-pro-unresponsive-keyboard-trackpad-solution/). The other day, the laptop was running, and when I came back it was off. I could not power it on using the power button. I tried the numerous methods (resetting SMC, PRAM, etc) outlined on apple's website - all these produced not so much as a peep from the laptop. I tried reseating the orange cable mentioned above (as the power switch leads to this cable when one takes the laptop apart), but this was also to no avail. I'm just wondering is there any way to power on the laptop without the button (ie, similar to the shorting used in this post: http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=7566227&postcount=6)? There is power going to the laptop (power light is green without battery in), but it is dead as a potato. I'm in Ireland, and my nearest Apple Store is unfortunately in New York when I go there in a month's time - how do I live without a laptop until then! Thanks in advance for any help - I'm a long-time reader, first time writer. Paddy.