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I went with this power switch:

Frozen CPU Bulgin Style Latching Switch

I've got it wired, LED's work, it powers on and off, but the wires don't stay in place if I move it a bit. Am I supposed to tighten the wire tips to the switch somehow? If so, how and with what?
It came with no instructions so it took a few tries to get it wired correctly.

Also, it came with a reset cable, but there's only 5 prongs on the switch, and the cable's add up to 6 connecters. Or is that reset cable for a separate switch?
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First off, for the PC power/reset switches you need to use momentary switches; latching switches are for on/off items such as case lighting.

These switches have a pair of pins for the internal LED and 3 pins for the actual switch. The switch contacts are common (C), normally open (NO), and normally closed (NC); where the connection across the C and NO is made when engaging the switch. so in other words, you can't have both power and reset on the same switch.

The pins on the switches are intended for soldering the wire leads to them; twisting wires together is not a good practice and can easily come apart.
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First off, for the PC power/reset switches you need to use momentary switches; latching switches are for on/off items such as case lighting.
These switches have a pair of pins for the internal LED and 3 pins for the actual switch. The switch contacts are common (C), normally open (NO), and normally closed (NC); where the connection across the C and NO is made when engaging the switch. so in other words, you can't have both power and reset on the same switch.
The pins on the switches are intended for soldering the wire leads to them; twisting wires together is not a good practice and can easily come apart.

Damn I failed haha. So, is it bad if I stick with the Latching switch for my power on/off?

Soldering isn't an issue, I just wasn't sure if I should since it had plastic covers on the tips/ends.
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Damn I failed haha. So, is it bad if I stick with the Latching switch for my power on/off?
Latching switches won't work for a PC power button as the MB does a forced off if the button is held for 10 sec or more. The only way to use a latching switch is to press it then quickly press it again.
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I just wasn't sure if I should since it had plastic covers on the tips/ends.

Sometimes manufacturers will use a bit of plastic to help keep the pins from bending during transit. The pins on these switches are indeed solder safe.
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Latching switches won't work for a PC power button as the MB does a forced off if the button is held for 10 sec or more. The only way to use a latching switch is to press it then quickly press it again.
Sometimes manufacturers will use a bit of plastic to help keep the pins from bending during transit. The pins on these switches are indeed solder safe.


The switch I ordered actually came with a wire labeled "Power Switch", and it seems to be working. Push to turn on, press and hold for 5 seconds to force off. Maybe it's not a Latching switch, but the order form says it is...

Think I should not go with it?
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The switch I ordered actually came with a wire labeled "Power Switch", and it seems to be working. Push to turn on, press and hold for 5 seconds to force off. Maybe it's not a Latching switch, but the order form says it is...

Think I should not go with it?

Sounds like they sent you the momentary rather than the latching, so you should be fine
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