Power button doesn't work - can my MBA be turned on?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Mikegs, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Mikegs macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2010
    MBA 2010. The power button doesn't work for no obvious reason and it is shut down using the mouse - stupid. Can't do SMC reset or anything that involves that button. Can it be turned on...??

  2. Robyr macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2010
    Is it physically damaged?

    Also, just to confirm, try holding it harder than normal for 5-10 seconds. Maybe the switch is a bit finnicky, or possibly the mac didn't fully shut down and is in a locked state. Holding the power button for longer than 10 seconds should force a cold boot.
  3. Mikegs thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2010
    It isn't physically damaged.

    I was unable to shut down with the power button, no reaction. So I did it with mouse using the menu.

    That's why any suggestion involving the power button doesn't work for me. Anything else?
  4. garnerx macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2012
    Can you get hold of a desktop Mac keyboard? Some of the older versions have a power button on them, maybe that would work.
  5. Hankcah macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2010
  6. BeeJee macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2011
    Long Island/North Jersey
    Open it up and disconnect the battery, connect the charger to the computer then connect the battery back. Hope that works.

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