Question about Gateway GT5228 PC Desktop
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.
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.
Posted on Mar 10, 2009
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 :-)
Posted on Nov 30, 2008
Sounds like your power supply may be going bad.
Posted on Dec 16, 2008
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