Suddenly, today, the power button stopped working. I tried to turn off the screen and it wouldn't. Everything else works just fine. Eventually the screen timed out, and wouldn't turn back on. Plugging it into a charger turns the screen back on, but that's fairly useless away from power...

I had heard that soft reset (power button+volume down) fixes it, but not even that worked. It would only register it as volume down. I plugged it into adb and rebooted it that way, to no avail. What can I do?

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The power button is handled at a very low level by something like a watchdog, so if it's not working, the problem is probably in hardware, not software. That means it probably needs physically replacing. Take it to a repair shop and have them check it out.

Even if you don't think you did anything to break it, it could be the result of an earlier impact: e.g. it cracked the circuit board, but only after continued use has the crack broken the electrical circuit.

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