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Gateway 7405gx boot failure

\015 I have a Gateway 7405GX that started having boot problems over a year ago. \015\012At first it was a very sporadic problem but over time happened more and more. \015\012As I recall, it would not boot and give an error regarding the boot device; I could hit F1, enter BIOS setup and then exit and the system would boot fine. Running a chkdsk showed no errors. \015\012So, for a year or so I would use the system this way, until the problem advanced to a point where I can\342\200\231t get into BIOS or boot. \015\012I figured the BIOS or mobo was the problem and replaced the system. Lately I\342\200\231ve started wondering if it could be as simple as replacing the CMOS battery, something that seems relatively inexpensive. \015\012I feel like I never got my money\342\200\231s worth out of this machine and it\342\200\231s the only machine I\342\200\231ve got that\342\200\231s compatible with my Protools setup, but want to fix it myself and don\342\200\231t want to spend hundreds on it. \015\012Any ideas MUSC appreciated. \015\012Thanks! \015\012Dan\015

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listen to "startup post BEEPS" ...I get 1-4-2 which indicates bad memory chip...plan to upgrade to 1gb ...comes with 512 (only one slot)...so better to upgrade to 1 gb

flashrob
Hi Dan -

On this particular Gateway series of laptops, there is actually a bios "chip" you can replace entirely. It's sitting in a cradle right next to where the keyboard connects to the mobo (square black chip, one angled corner). It's very easy to pop out and replace, and is definitely something I would try.

You can do a search on eBay for "gateway bios chip" and you should have some luck.

I hope all goes well.
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