I only have the mini tower - need appropriate cabes, cords, etc.
I have an older Gateway pc that has been in storage for several years. I just ran across it and would like to get it working again. My problem is that I don't have any of the cables, nor do I have a monitor. I'd like to find out what types of cords/cables would be compatible to use with this mini tower. I have plenty of ethernet cables, but it looks like I'll also need a power cord, monitor w/connection, and keyboard. I can easily get a mouse. Any suggestions on where to look for these items would be appreciated. I'm sure there are a few websites out there that have this infromation, it's just a matter of knowing where to look.
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Re: I only have the mini tower - need appropriate cabes,...
First, I suggest finding a monitor first as some have an 'attached' monitor cable and some don't. (No use buing a $15.00 cord you don't need) As far as a mouse goes, believe it or not, I've found the best prices for a good mouse at Home Depot and Publix Supermarkets. E-bay and Amazon.com always have great prices on most any cord. All PC power cords I've ever seen are the same (about $11.00 at any Staples, CompUSA, Best Buy, etc.), They are will only fit PC's and VGA (old-style) monitors. Any monitor should work just fine. For used I'd suggest craigslist.com and for a new LCD you probably can't beat tigerdirect.com (new owner's of CompUSA). Any mouse & keyboard will work also. Good Luck!
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You need to check the color, and order of the wires on all the connectors to make sure you don't short something out. Just because it fits doesn't mean it has the same configuration or voltage as the old power supply. This is especially true of the motherboard connector.
1/ Find a tape
2/ Wrap the tape around the plug 2 -3 rounds.
3/ Trim off the redundant tape, to make it neat (as in the picture)
4/ Plug in to see if it works
You may add more rounds if it is still loose.
I'm not sure if your unit is a laptop or tower but I've seen this albeit rarely, on older models of both. I've seen a small microswitch on the frame in an inconspicuous spot that would disable the unit altogeather. I'm guessing as a primative form of tamperproofing the unit. This may not be your case but if it is, the switch might be loose, damaged or the metal lever may be bent / out of adjustment. If it's there, it will be somewhere out of sight or may be actuated by a small rod that will be moved when the cover is put back into place.
Another posibility if yours is a tower, the 115 / 230 volt switch in the back near the power plug may be out of place or dirty inside. UNPLUGthe unit and flip the switch back and forth several times. Be sure to place the switch back to the approprate setting for the country you are in.
How do you measure power under no load? If yours is a tower and if you don't know what you're doing, DO NOT touch anything inside the supply!!! Most are switching supplies and develope several hundred volts only to be regulated down later in the circuit. VERY DANGEROUS!!!
None of this may apply to you but this has been my experience. I can only hope your problem is something as simple as these were.
The power supply should be a standard unit. There is the odd one that has special connectors or mount holes but those aren't as common as they used to be. You should be able to get any 300 watt or larger ATX power supply and drop it in. All you need to do is make sure you get the same watt rating or larger. So you could go with a 350, 500 etc. The larger the power supply rating the more connectors it will have.As long as you have the right connectors for the motherboard cpu and then enough for all of your drives and video card or other devices then you are good to go.
The best thing you can do is take the old one out and take it with you. That way you or someone at the store can check that you have the right new power supply.
Try connecting a different power supply to it. If the same situation repeats, then it's an internal (motherboard) problem. If the problems go away, then the power supply needs to be replaced.
6 years... I'm surprised the PSU even lasted that long! The power supply is the cheapest part of the PC and usually one of the first parts to fail. Don't worry, a replacement power supply is not too expensive. Good luck!
You might try this. Shut down the computer, disconnect power cords, disconnect everything at the back of the computer, mouse, key board, etc. Open the case, ground yourself by touching an unpainted area of the case and remove the power connectors to ALL optic drives and floppy drive if you have one. (Of course do not disconnect the hdd.)
Reconnect mouse, keyboard, etc., and power cords to wall outlet.
See if it will post now. If it does I say you have a faulty power supply.
I was given a computer which was doa. It would not post, after I tried the above routine it posted then booted to windows.
I replaced the psu and now the computer works fine.
Hope this helps!
Gateway may have a unique non standard pinout for its P/S. I would match up the colors in sequence on the new PS and see if the old harness had the 6 pin connector and graft them into the new harness. The colors are standard for voltage.