I found a post you had left for someone else about a motherboard. I am good with desktop computers but have never had a laptop open. How hard is it to change out a motherboard in a laptop and is it worth it financially? I bought it on ebay a while back and got taken. It will boot to the bios but will not take the OS. I set the 1st boot device to the cd rom and you can hear it start but then it stops so I'm thing the motherboard is the issue here. Is that your thought to? I am thinking of changing it out the week of Christmas since I will be off that week and can take my time with it.
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Gateway support site for starters, and then Windows Update, and finally look up components in hardware/Device mgr. Go to the mfrs websites and download the most current ones for your hardware and operating system. If you have an Intel processor, Intel's site "Support" will scan and determine the newest Intel drivers for you. NVidia and AMD's ATI also have drivers. Realtek also provides them for their products.
Nowhere: Only HP and IBM and DeLL offer parts schematics for their laptops. But if you take a look at some of those,you'll have a really good idea how to work on your Gateway,because they're all very similar.
For a couple of hundred dollars you can get a much faster bare-bones desktop or tower and mb cpu combination and move your hardware to it. Upgrading your 450 isn't worth the trouble though jumpers on the board should handle upgrades to maybe 600MHz.
It could possibly be the video card, I don't know that much about how hardware is laid out in that model, whether it is an built in card or a connected one so I cannot give you any trouble shooting tips. Do you still have tech support available with Gateway?