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Power switch keeps sliding off
#1
Hello, 

I have a problem with the Power switch of my Freeplay zero build. It keeps sliding off of the boards switch, which means I have to open the whole zero again to fix it. And this happens every few times I love the slider. You can guess this is really annoying. I have no idea what I can do to prevent this. I followed the instructions and think I did the Case modification correctly. It seems that the switch is a tiny bit too low, I. E. the boards switch and the cases switch are not exactly the same level. 
Do you guys have any idea what I could do? The only thing I could think about would be gluing them together, but I suppose that is no great option...
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#2
I don't think we've seen this before, but I would say that one thing we have seen (and mention a lot in the build document) is inconsistencies between the plastic shells and buttons. I guess what I mean is that this doesn't really surprise me.

I would definitely hesitate to glue the slider to the button nub. I think you're right that it would cause problems.

I think you could maybe build up the button nub with some tape/glue, but if you aren't careful it could impede the motion of the button (like if you got superglue on the actual button).

So, then here's what I would probably try. You know the little "fingers" on the slider that go around the button nub? I'd try to build up one/both of them. If you have any plastic that you shaved from elsewhere, maybe glue it to the finger. You could maybe superglue a piece of toothpick to it? I don't know. I'm kinda just brainstorming here.

Also, we might have an extra slider like that. I'm not sure. If so, maybe I could send one to you. Maybe it'd work better than the one you have.

I know there are some other builders here that have basically built a shell just for practice and then moved on to their final shell. That means that they might have some parts left over from their sacrificial shell. Maybe someone could offer a POWER slider for the price of shipping or something.

I can't guarantee that another slider would fix the problem, but there are options if you wanted buy a whole set. Examples:
https://www.retromodding.com/collections...ce-buttons
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-SET-Buttons-K...Sw4GVYPrQ4 (from Hong Kong)

Let us know how it goes. I should be back in the office later this week, and I could see if I have an extra slider.
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#3
Wow, thanks for the very quick and detailed reply.

I actually just glued some plastic piece on the right "finger" of the switch. I hope this stays; There should not be any pressure on the sides of it so I guess it should stay where it is. This way the power switch works reliably. Thank you very much! Now I just have to work a few software issues out and then I'm good to go Smile

Btw: I have 2 or 3 other sliders here as well, but they are just the same as mine. So, if you actually have some special sliders with wider/bigger fingers laying around, it would be cool if you could send me one in a letter or whatever, so I have some sturdy replacement if my glued part should fall off. Just hit me with a PM. Smile
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#4
No, we don't have any special sliders. It is possible that the actually button itself is somehow tipped a bit or something. There are sometimes inconsistencies in the soldering process that could cause something to be shifted or tipped.

If you have 2 or 3 that all exhibit that problem, then I'd guess maybe something is just a bit different elsewhere. That could be with the shell itself, so the entire PCB is just slightly shifted in how it sits, or it could be a difference with the PCB itself. It'd be pretty difficult to determine where the difference is.
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#5
I'm experiencing a similar issue. My power switch is working as a momentary switch as in it springs back to the left if I let it go, unfortunately this shuts of the system. If I continue hold it to the right, the system loads up and stays on but the power LED never lights up. If I plug the USB directly into the pie I don't need to hold the switch. If I plug the USB into the PCB, I have to hold the power switch. Everything else seems to be working fine. I used your supplied image in Google Drive. Is there something I'm missing?
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#6
Tyler, in your case, I would suspect a bad connection to the Pi. I wonder if there’s a bad solder joint on the pin that controlls the power on/off feature. Can you send a photo of the Pi and it’s solder?
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