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HELP POWER FAILING!!!!

I recently started to have this problem with my gateway. The problem was gradual, but basically the computer seems to just shut off and the 3keyboard lights and the light on the power button blinks repeatedly like the computer is trying to turn back on but it goes off and back on then off again repeated. It's like if someone is playing with a light switch turning it on and off, on and off, on and off. I took it to Staples (because they say they fix computers) but they said they couldnt find anything wrong with it! They "said" they had it on over night and nothing happened. I pick it up after a couple days and it does it after being on for 5-10mins. Does anyone know what is going on with my computer?

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Azkeyz has hit on the most likely problem; the power supply can cause all kinds of failures once they are on the road to complete failure in which it will not turn on at all.
If it is an ATX power supply (most common) you can buy these on eBay for under $10 US about any time:
http://shop.ebay.com/items/atx-power-supply

You will have to check the one you now have for its power rating and it is wise to buy a higher rated supply, the cost difference is minimal. If you want to pay the extra cost, you can get these from any store that deals with PCs but they often mark them up by 400-500% 
If you are not familiar with the guts of a PC, you might want to take a number of snapshots once the case is open if you are confused by the array of cables, most of which cannot be incorrectly connected and are of different types and the cables that appear identical, well, they are.  Drive cables in particular can be interchanged without problem but board and fan connectors can hardly be wrongly installed; just don't force anything.

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Power Supply Failure !

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