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My gateway 700 xl doesnt boot

When i tried to boot my computer it didnt boot up. I noticed that the green light on the on button was yellow. I tested my power supply and it seem to be bad. I purchased the correct power supply from gateway. As soon as I installed it it booted up right away. However it computer functioned for only 3 days. When I tried to boot he compueter today the powr button was yellow again as opposed to green. I can hear the fan to the processor working and the hard drive but the system wont boot. I cant believe that the power supply would fail after only 3 d ays.

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  • Anonymous Dec 15, 2008

    yellow light, processor fan is running, but no boot up. removed all RAM and tried to power up; nothing including no beeps.

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Unplug the power from you 700xl and from you monitor. Try removing the cmos battery and reinstalling it. Then, plug everything back in and try restarting. If it continues to give you the yellow light, you may need to replace the CMOS battery, especially if it is more than two years old.

Another thing to consider is if your power supply is underpowered for the number of external devices you have plugged into it (i.e., cd, dvd, external hard drives, printers, pci cards, etc). Gateway installed very low powered power supplies in their 700xl desktop computers. Usually only around 250 watts maximum.

If you are replacing the power supply with another 250 watt maximum power supply, and you have a lot of external devices plugged in, you may need at least a 350 watt power supply....if your CMOS battery is not the problem.

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    Unplug the power from you 700xl and from you monitor. Try removing the cmos battery and reinstalling it. Then, plug everything back in and try restarting. If it continues to give you the yellow light, you may need to replace the CMOS battery, especially if it is more than two years old.

    Another thing to consider is if your power supply is underpowered for the number of external devices you have plugged into it (i.e., cd, dvd, external hard drives, printers, pci cards, etc). Gateway installed very low powered power supplies in their 700xl desktop computers. Usually only around 250 watts maximum.

    If you are replacing the power supply with another 250 watt maximum power supply, and you have a lot of external devices plugged in, you may need at least a 350 watt power supply....if your CMOS battery is not the problem.

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If replacing the power supply resolve for a couple days, there could be a fault in the motherboard or another device connected to the power supply causing the power supply to fail or go off line.

If disconnecting power from all devices except motherboard shows no change, then remove all cards from MB and see if any change. If still no change, replace the motherboard

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It seems you have a motherboard problem which is very common with gateway/emachine and the power supply issue. I hope your pc is under warrenty if not don't spend any more on that machine. Time to look for another or get a new motherboard.

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