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My computer won,t turn on

I have a gateway 3250s with intel motherboard D915GAG/D915PSY E210882. The green light on the motherboard is on when plugged in but the power switch does nothing when pushed in. A shop where i had it looked at said the motherboard was bad. I replaced it with a new one(same as the original) and still have the same problem. Now i,m not sure which pins the power lead should be connected to. I tried shorting the pins 6 and 7 with no result. The only thing it will do is the green light on the motherboard lights up when i plug in the power cord. Any suggestions?

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  • c99challenge
    c99challenge Oct 08, 2008

    I,ll let you know the results in a bit. Thanks! So far i havent been able to even get the fans going. They are plugged into the same sockets as the old motherboard. Maybe it wasn,t the motherboard after all?

  • c99challenge
    c99challenge Nov 12, 2008


    I put in a new power supply(same as old one) and a new front bezel with new switch and led,s and still have the same problem. The green light on the motherboard (915GAG/915PSY) comes on but when i switch it on the fans still won,t come on or anything. I even used Spectra Cool on the processor and heatsink but that made no difference either. I know it,s something simple, and it,s got me pulling my hair out! Argh! My dad would have said "you have to be smarter than the machine". I,m starting not to like this Gateway 3250S. My CoolerMaster homebrew never has any problems. Maybe the 3250S is a disposable computer. But i,ve invested so much time and cash in it.......................argh!

  • ralkaiser Feb 06, 2009

    915GAG LED on the motherboard will go on but no fans.Changed complete power supply,changed front panel (on switch,reset switch)same problem.Took out processor,took out ram,reinserted,same problem.Disconected HDD,Floppy,took out battery,waited 15 min,same problem.Led on motherboard will go on but no fans or any sign of life besides LED on motherboard,any suggestions anyone?

  • comandoeddie Feb 15, 2009

    I have same problem as c99challenge posted on Oct 8, 2008.
    Gateway 3250s wont turn on. I pulled power supply and checked
    with tester. Tester says its OK. Put back in. Made sure 24pin
    and 4 pin connectors are connected. Air sprayed heat sink and
    mobo. Disconnected/reconnected front panel PwrLed/PwrSw/HddLed. (theres no reset sw). Only thing I see
    a little green light on mobo that is on.
    I have another power supply but its 20pin and this mobo is 24pin.
    I wonder if c99challenge solved same problem. Dont know how to
    contact him.

  • anglito52 Sep 13, 2009

    i have the same problem my computer wont turn on


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Here is the power and data wiring layout as intel states it , go through eachg conection and check them. also check your jumpers on the mainboard , make sure none have jarred loose. If you have added memory recently, take it out and leave just the old memory in the slots, making sure it's seated properly.
let me know your status and we'll go on..

Posted on Nov 13, 2008

  • Ankur patel Nov 10, 2010

    same prblm here found our tht my mobo was bad even tho its shows led on the mobo
    tested the power supply in differe nt comp. worked and thts the prblm with my computers
    so gonna get 2 new ones now

    you should test ur power supply and plug a fan in so tht u know its working


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2x2 or 2x4 Power Connector Not Plugged In
If the power supply cable with the 2x2 connector or 2x4 connector (depending on your desktop board), is not plugged into the 12V processor core voltage connector located near the processor socket, the system will not boot up. You will see lights onboard and on the chassis front panel and the processor fan will spin, but nothing will appear on the monitor. See figures below for cable placement.

  • Make sure the fans on the processor are connected properly and running.
  • Make sure that the thermal interface material or the thermal grease is applied to the processor properly.
  • Make sure that the power supply fan is running properly and any other external case fans are running properly.
  • Make sure that the air intakes for the external fans are unobstructed and have at least several inches away from walls and other items.
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    • Jeff Strader
      Jeff Strader Oct 09, 2008

      just a hunch- have you had the front panel off the computer at any time? Ive seen these get put back on crooked and causing the power button to not make contact with the switch behind it -- if the fans arent going, i would look at the power source EG: wall outlet - surge protector - computer power cable - power supply. in that order- check all the simple stuff ---

    • Jeff Strader
      Jeff Strader Oct 11, 2008

      i worked on a computer yesterday here at the house that had an aparent m/b crash, some things worked , some did not . they all worked again after installng a new power supply.

    • Jeff Strader
      Jeff Strader Nov 16, 2008

      check the power switch and reset switch on the wires that go from the front of the case to the main board here is the layout for how they connect.

      Post here again with the results after you check.


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