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\015 I have a Gateway MX7340 laptop. A couple months ago, the computer shut down because the battery was exhausted, as I forgot it was running on the battery.\015\012\015\012Windows did not work after this, so I first tried a system backup and restore using the disk. It locked up, so I did a destructive restore. It still locked up after windows had been installed, particularly when it is searching for hardware.\015\012\015\012I bought a new hard drive, as I wanted to upgrade from a 80gb to a 160gb anyway. Still no luck, as it locked up at the same point in the Windows setup (searching for and installing hardware). \015\012\015\012I thought the restore disk could be bad, and acquired a new one. Same problem. I also tried using an external DVD ROM drive. Same problem.\015\012\015\012I removed the memory from the expansion bay and tried it while using the non-removable RAM only. Still, it locks up on the Windows setup.\015\012\015\012This leads me to believe it could be the worst scenerio: the motherboard. If anyone has any idea as to what could be the problem, I am all ears. It would be greatly appreciated. When Windows is searching for hardware, the last thing that I see activated before it locks up is the internal wireless hardware, as the light for it comes on.\015\012\015\012Here are some specs:\015\012\015\012Pentium 4\015\012RAM: 512 removable, 512 non-removable SO-DIMM\015\01280gb upgraded to 160gb hard drive\015\012Intel graphics chipset\015\012\015\012\015\012\015\012\015

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Try doing the setup with out the battery, just the power supply. Some times running a battery till the machine shuts down will either create a short in the battery or create an issue with the way the machine perceives the battery. If it's not the battery, then the power loss shutdown may have created a last effort surge shorting a component on the board.
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