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Have an old Gateway G6-400 from around 1998. It's had few and minor problems over the years, and has been used at least normally if not heavily throughout the period. The other day it was acting up a bit, so I decided to just shut the power down completely for a while. After a couple hours, I went to turn it on and NOTHING. So, I unplugged the power cord and let it sit for some more time. Next day, I plug it in again (now, bear in mind I've alreaady taken the thing apart, looked at everything including the power button itself, used multimeter to check cables, etc. I've already tried just about everything without taking the WHOLE thing apart) and it starts. But not for long. It gets to about boot screen (W2000) then power just cuts. If I then try again, NOTHING. However, I unplugged the power cable yet again, waited some time, and it started with the same result. I even tried to get to the BIOS screen to see if there was anything there, and to try and change boot options right quick to boot floppy or CD so I'd MAYBE have a chance to hack something out before power just GOES again. Didn't work. So, today I can start it up again, but it only stays on a little longer than before. This makes me suspect a capacitor at fault, though it's been years since I did any serious electronic work. I do remember that they can blow or "go bad" to the point where they still work, only in a limited "capacity" (pun intended, I crack me up!). Anyway, I just wanted to find out if there are others who have suffered this same kind of situation. This was my home network and Internet server with two NICs and literally thousands and thousands of personal files that I can't recover without moving HD's around or something. ANYONE?

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I suspect it is the power supply. If you've had it up and running constantly, the power and/or temperature cycling could have been enough to put it over the edge if it was close to failure anyway.

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