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Gateway gt5228- progressively worsening boot problem

Will not boot. started as an occasional problem. tried the obvious tricks,holding power switch for 30 secs. etc,worked a few times now it doesn't want to boot.

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  • h_william_b Nov 30, 2008

    no beeps come great when it does boot.Have had avast antiv on the system,never any problems detected. Won't shut off by power swtch unless held in for 10-15 secs. Some times need to pull plug, is on without switch being used upon replug.Fans roar but never slow down to normal levels.F8 does nothing.Mother board?If so any ideas on a different boarn that will not repro same prob?Thanks.Hank

  • bd0009 Dec 29, 2008

    My gateway is having the same exact problem. I have read a lot of threads with various solutions and have had no luck. I replaced the power supply to no avail. One post on another site indicated that the motherboard and/or hard drive may be toast as a result. I am having my IT guy take a look at it. I will let you know once I get a solution.

  • human1801 Jan 10, 2009

    I have exact same problem. It has occurred 3 times over the past year or so I have owned the machine. Each time prior, it magically fixed itself when I took the cover off and poked around looking a cable connections- however at this point I am still dead in the water.

  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2009

    I have two gateways in my shop with the exact same problem. One I found a little black fluid seaping from the capaciter near the memory this one I actully can get to boot occasionaly with a new power supply, but still inconsistent. The second machine I can not get to boot and it throws FF on a techaid diagnostic card. I believe both mother boards are begining to fail and if it is similar to many emachines I have seen and talked with a former tech at CompUSA the Power Supplies after about 2 years begin to fail and will sometimes damage the motherboard. It seems to happen with older Bestec power supplies. This has been my observation and it is not a scientific study.

  • computerscot Mar 09, 2009

    I have the same problem. I swapped out the power supply with a 350W power supply and I got the computer to boot. Putting the old PSU in I got no boot, so I ssumed it was the PSU. Re-installed the 350W PSU and computer booted enough for me to run anti-malware product. Only found 1 item. Next morning it would not boot with new PSU in it. I will try the holding power button in thing with no plug in PSU when I get home. I am going to try to get customer's data off if it boots again and suggest everyone else do the same if they can get it to boot one more time. No popped or leaking caps on mobo. I get no beeps from POST either. Both times I got it to boot I got a BIOS error requiring pressing F1 to continue, so I think mobo is going...

  • h_william_b Mar 17, 2009

    I too believe its a defective mboard. any inexpensive fixes, the board is proprietary and expensive. can buy a used dell from dell for less money. gateway will take no responsibility. this is my only and last gateway. can any of the parts work on another motherboard. and if I would buy a new board fro gway- whats to say it won't develop the same problem which they won't admit they have-so why would they fix something they say ain't broke?sucks!

  • Gav Shaw May 11, 2010

    Sounds like you have some sort of Hardware Power Failiure, which could explain why your problem seems to be getting worse each time you try to boot up. Either that, or some malware's probably been munching away on your Windows System Files, and is gradually deteriorating the longer the it's not been on your system.

    Do you get any Beeping Sounds from your System when you try booting up? If tyour not sure, next time u try to boot up, have a listen out for beeping sounds, and let me know if there was any, and if so, how many beeps you heard, and an estimate of the pause between beeps if more then one is sounded.




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I went back last night and tried the holding power button in with no plug in and it did not work. I even tried the trick of freezing the computer. It would not perform the same way more than twice. Once I got beeps and start up but no video. Another time it started up and gave me video. Ran great when it did decide to start (twice in 4 hours). I got the customers data off, took about 30 minutes. However on trying to restart it through windows it would not do it. I am giving it the diagnosis of failing motherboard as the symptoms are random and with varying problems each boot. No rhyme or reason to when it would start. I could leave it sit for an hour or I could keep trying to turn it off and then on again. I have eliminated the power supply as I installed another (larger) PSU in and it worked the first time, but with limited success after that. I eliminated the memory as I removed it and it made no difference, the PC didn't even tell me (through beeps) that it had no memory. I eliminated the processor as it does not behave like an overheating or bad processor as when it did start it ran flawlessly. I eliminated the BIOS as I cleared the CMOS through jumpers and BIOS did not indicate problems- like I said when it booted it ran great - as if there were no problems. I elimnated the hard drive as I was able to get the data off no prob. So this all points in the direction of motherboard. I think we are both in the same boat.

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Ok, I've just found the Troubleshooting page for Gateway Desktop PC's (this is based on the Windows XP System, so if you have Vista installed you'll need to get back to the main support menu). but I don't really think it really matters what OS is installed on the PC for the problems your having  Hopefully something in this long list of things to check will help you out :-)

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Sounds like your power supply may be going bad.

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Remove all external devices first like printers etc and then try again.
If it doesn't work then you will have to open the computer case side panel so we can start troubleshooting some parts.
If the machine has warranty then you should rather take it back before opening it.
when the case is open first make sure the power is disconnected and the case must be laid flat on the ground.
look for the memory RAM ,if you have two of them then try booting with one and vice versa ,if you only have one stick then remove it and reinsert it into the next available slot.
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First disconnect any external devices like printers etc that you might have plugged in.
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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.

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