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Tried to upgrade RAM on Gateway 500s desktop, computer won't start up. put old RAM back and computer still won't start up

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Thanks for the reply but no ideas what CMOS is and how to clear?  

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Clear the CMOS and reboot. There should be a jumper near the CMOS battery.

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Have old desktop PC. was running OK, then got new PC. Now the old PC will not boot up - the fan sputters like you are flipping its power off and on continuously. what could be the issue?

The most common issue with old computers is bad contacts, especially with the RAM modules. If the PC stopped booting when you upgraded the RAM, it might be imcompatible with the motherboard, try putting the 1GB stick back. If that is not the case, try cleanning the contacts of the RAM module and reinstalling it. If you never done this before, you may want to ask someone experienced to do it because if you do not fit the module correctly, you can damage the motherboard and the RAM. In case you do this and the computer still won't work, it might be another faulty component. The procedure normally is to test other components, to find the problem. It can also be a problem with the PSU.

Sep 24, 2016 | Gateway Computers & Internet

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I have a Gateway zx4351. Can I upgrade to a dedicated video card from my GeForce 9200?

It is possible... Yes.

Is it worth it... Maybe the ram upgrade to 8GB is worth the money...

Also, some all in one computers are very hard to even figure out how to open. You better make sure you can do it before you try. You also might want to check if opening the case voids your warranty too.


Jun 19, 2012 | Gateway 500XL PC Desktop

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3 beeps and blank screen

3 beeps on a gateway usually means the RAM is malfunctioning. Have you recently tried to upgrade? Try taking those RAM sticks out and placing them back in. If there is only one, try putting it into a different slot on the board. Let me know if you need assistance.

Oct 21, 2010 | Gateway Computers & Internet

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I have a gateway esx 500s and tried to install memory and it wouldnt boot up. Placed the original memory back in the system and it wont boot up. It just reboots over and over. What could cause this?

Why were you trying to replace ram or was it an upgrade....ensure all slots are clean incl the ram stick(s)

If you have a separate vid card / reseat it as pushing in ram can dislodge it.

May 17, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I get 3 beeps and no video on my gateway desktop

The beeps usually meen that the memory is either incorrect or not inserted correctly. Try removing the new memory and go back to the original configuration. Though not recommended, putting the memory in while still plugged up should not be the problem.

Sep 01, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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My Gateway 500s monitor is stuck in power save mode

Try tapping the F8 key while booting the computer, you will get the start up menu, choose safe mode, when you log on, go to the display settings, that is right click on the desktop, properties, screen saver, advanced and make sure that hibernation is off, along with turn off disks or whatever , probably see turn off monitor after XX minutes, I make ours 15 minutes (150 computers and servers), I don't let the disks turn off. Choose always on also, not home/office. Try this and see if these settings help.

Jan 24, 2009 | Gateway 506GR PC Desktop

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Constantly rebooting

call me craxy, but you may need to replace your power supply, and if its not that, it is a stuck or broken fan on your graphix card or your cpu.

Dec 29, 2008 | E-Machines (T2958) PC Desktop

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Computer won't start normaly

This is most likely do to a bad stick of RAM.
Try taking out all but one stick of ram and try booting. If it still doesn't boot try changing the stick out with another one you pulled (might be the stick you left in that is the problem)

In the case that it is bad RAM go to your local computer shop and get some new RAM for the computer or check if Gateway will replace the RAM.

If there is any display that comes on the monitor such as a 2 digit code try searching that or posting here with the code.

Jul 20, 2008 | Gateway GT5228 PC Desktop

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