Having problems with your Gateway PC Laptops ?

Monitor started getting distorted, now laptop will not power on at all


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Kudos to PC Pro Techie: what was true then (2009) is still true.
I would like to add 5 quick steps, no tools required, no degree needed, to try first, prior to the owner risking the loss of a few of those 52 tiny, mostly different, screws which, if memory serves me, I've NEVER been able to get all back where they belong! Oh, yes, equipment damage... each time a memory chip, hard drive, fan, video card, wifi card, etc. is handled there is a risk of unrepairable damage. There are special tools to extract/insert some, to protect others from static electricity and more. So, even though this may be the most expensive problem/solution you will ever encounter with a laptop/notebook/i-this that and the other, wouldn't you rather find it first?
1. DO NOT TOUCH YOUR LAPTOP (AKA all those other thingys)
-If you unplugged the laptop power cord from the Universal Surge Protector (rated for how many joules, clamping time?? Google!) every single laptop owner bought with and when purchasing such an expensive device, plug it back in. Ditto if you unplugged the device saving UPS (don't waste time asking UPS? USP? here - See What is a Universal Surge Protector and What is a Uninterruptable Power Supply - Haven't written them yet but maybe someone did.)
2. IF THE LAPTOP POWER CORD IS ALREADY PLUGGED INTO THE LAPTOP (and plugged in as directed above) GO TO STEP 4 ELSE STEP 3.
3. DO NOT PLUG THE LAPTOP POWER CORD INTO THE LAPTOP. GO TO STEP 5.
4. Delicacy is required with this step, please. The tip(s) (aka connectors) of the various power cords (supplies, adapters) is already inserted into the laptop else you would be at STEP 5. So, every so gently, with thumb and forefinger, attempt to check the amount of sway that the external part of the tip (aka connector) will move, left, right, up down. Gently, gently.
In a very large number of laptops, guess what? The laptop with power on. Probably power off, on off... so STOP moving the connector If this is the case go to Step 6 else follow PC Pro Techie's step by step.
Step 5. Gently but firmly and straight on (NOT at an angle) insert the tip of the power cord into the power receptacle of the laptop. Return to STEP 4.
STEP 6. What we have here is a failure to communicate. The bracket that secures the connector with the power so that juice can flow to where needed in the laptop is broken for any of several reasons, none worthy of detailed description here. This, of course, gives only intermittent juice, until damage is, um, enhanced, and no power flows. Which, by the way, may be the problem IF you have SWAY and NO POWER ON POWER OFF.
To regress: Failure to communicate. Nearly ALL of the major laptop vendors have the same failures, with relatively the same bracket for, oh, about ten years.
What does that mean to you? Probably about $200 unless you've had training in soldering, under clean room conditions, aka micro soldering. Ah BUT those that created the problem have the solution: throw it away. Have to say, they've got'cha there. The solution is:
Buy another. Preferably used for reasons of ecology or new for reasons of job creation. DONATE the dysfunctional laptop to a local charity, one that resells donations of computers. They need the parts; the water table does not.
Disconnect the Power cable / A/c adapter/Battery from computer.
\015\012Disconnect External peripherials.
\015\012Hold down the power button on the computer for 10 seconds.
\015\012Reconnect the power cable or A/c adapter and battery or the computer
\015\012Try to turn on the computer
\015\012check for Led's on the computer
\015\012If still no display ,shut down the computer,disconnect power cable.
\015\012Open the computer tower,remove memory modules,reconnect power cable and turn on the computer.If you get a beeping sound after turning on you should be getting beeping sound suggesting the mother board is not bad.Turn on the computer and disconnect power cable from computer.
\015\012Reseat 1 memory at a time if you have 2 memory module or if single memory module reseat in different memory slot,swap memory module.
\015\012Reconnect the power cable and turn on the computer if it boots to desktop possible issue with 1 of the memory module.
\015\012Disconnect the harddrive ide cable from the harddrive .Turn on the computer.
\015\012If still unable to power on .Shutdown the computer and disconnect power cable.Remove video card,sound card ,modem card if any .Connect just the vga cable from monitor to the integrated video port.
\015\012Connect power cable and turn on the computer.
\015\012If computer turns on possible issue with one of PCI or PCI express card.
\015\012If still unable to power on.Disconnect the power connector pin from the motherboard and reconnect it back.Turn on the computer check power power led on motherboard,also check if the processor fan is spinning. if no go then issue with motherboard.
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