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Gateway GT5228 booting problem

I have a Gateway GT series 5228, and when I turn it on, the fan starts to go and I hear a click, a click that always happens when the computer boots, but then the monitor says there is no signal, and the fan keeps running with no boot. Also after I try to turn it on after a couple of unsuccessful tries, it actually boots and the machine works fine.

I have already sent it to Geek Squad and they replaced the Thermal Paste in my unit, but when i hooked it up and turned it on, it did not boot until the seventh or eighth time i tried, with the same problems as listed above.

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  • mffngrl Nov 18, 2008

    My screen went black. I could hear the fan running. I tried using other monitors - black screen but fan going. Put in another hard drive, black screen. Put in a video card and it came up for a bit and recognized both hard drives, then went to black screen again.


  • sandy08 Feb 19, 2009

    Anybody ever come to a definite conclusion on this problem? I have the same thing. When I power it on the fan starts, the CD drive clicks but then nothing happens and the screen remains blank with no signal. Almost as if the Bios is hanging.

    Replaced power supply and no improvement. If I keep trying to power it up it will eventually start but it may take 5 tries or several days before it will start up. Totally random. Once it's up it works fine unless I have to reboot.


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"Also after I try to turn it on after a couple of unsuccessful tries, it actually boots and the machine works fine". This maybe cause by the hardware problem. And it usually caused by the motherboard. Changing the motherboard unit may solve the problem. But make sure you've already done the basic test on all of your hardware before changing it with a new one.

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