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Gateway freezes up and then will not turn back on

My Gateway m320 notebook will lock up and turn itself off, especially if i physically move it or unplug it from the power chord, it then will not turn back on. Sometimes if i shake it it helps get it back up and running. I was told it may be the motherboard. Does this sound right and can it be fixed?

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  • 4cornersfram Dec 10, 2008

    yes, the battery charges and in general, as long as we don't move the computer, it works quite well...however it did lock up on me twice yesterday even though it had not been moved. The computer has not been dropped or damaged in any way. I do feel like it has something to do with the power connection. The blue power light sometimes fades in and out.

  • Kevin Nelson May 11, 2010

    When the laptop is plugged in and left alone, does the battery charge? Since shaking can sometimes temporarily fix the problem there may be a loose connection. Was there anything done to the laptop recently?



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Take it in to a reputable shop, the plug connection on the motherboard sounds like it is loose. It may be shorting out other connections and will have to be re-soldered which is not a job for the average do-it-yourselfer.

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