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Gateway e4600 doesn't start.

\015 I just got an old gateway e4600 from a sale at the local tech college for a project. The light on the front that indicates power is lit up orange and the green light on the motherboard is on, but nothing powers up. No fans. Nothing.\015

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Hi,
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\015\012Sounds like a bad rail or failed motherboard.
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\015\012Try testing the unit with a different power supply the you know works. If it doesn't get things spinng it's likely the mobo is dead as fans will spin with almost anything else wrong. If it does fire up and run it's a bad voltage rail on the ps and the part simply needs to be replaced.
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\015\012If you do not have a spare you can alternately call the local parts shop and ask if they have a power supply tester, if they do they will often volounteer to test the old one for free as you are most likely to buy a new one while you are there if they can determine that it is dead. If they do determine it's working though, I doubt the motherboard could be repaired effectively.
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\015\012If all else fails check for a local gov't auction and try picking up 2-3 of the same model, I often find they sell for 10-15 bucks and so for $50 or less you can have three to play with and swap parts between.
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\015\012Hope this helps,
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\015\012Chris
\015\012Armor-IT
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