Having problems with your Gateway GT5220 PC Desktop ?

Computer does not always turn on,

\015 When power button is pushed fan will come on but no lights. \302\240after repeated attempts computer will turn on and run well for a while, then just "die" but fan will run hard..... sometimes computer will start in safe mode and i will get a message which says,...Please re-setting cpu frequency in cmos setup,.... \302\240 have re-installed xp but problems continue,.. have a feeling it is a heat problem(?) \302\240and might be an easy fix, what do you think?\015

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You may have a failed motherboard then. Failure of motherboards is usually due to breaking capacitors. A few years ago a capacitor company stole the "recipe" for making capacitors from another company and tried to make their own, unfortunately they did not get the ingredients right and the capacitors started breaking after 2-3 years of use. They sold these capacitors at very cheap prices and a lot of computer companies and power supply makers bought them. This is easy to diagnose. Look for capacitors (caps) (they look like little tiny soda cans) on your motherboard (mobo). They should be perfectly flat on top and not bulged or swelling or leaking anything. The dead giveaway is the fact that you are not getting the same problem each time. There are a few companies that will repair broken capacitor issues. Also if you add a bunch of extra components without upgrading the power supply you can suffer underpowered situations and that can cause internal parts to fail.
\015\012To eliminate some other stuff you could remove the memory and disconnect all the power plugs from the drives and then try to start it up. If it does not change the behavior at all (no beeps, no change in flashing lights) then you probably have motherboard issues. Make sure when disconnecting the memory chips (sticks) that you touch the metal on the inside of the case first to discharge static electricity. If it does change the behavior add 1 component or item back at a time to see what you can find out. Post back with what you find. If you have another power supply of the same or greater output watts as what is in there you could try that first.
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