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Hi: I have a gateway mx7315 what has been having over heating problems among others. I've taken it apart before and cleaned inside and re-gooped the heatsink and the over heating problem was solved for a few months. Today it did it agan. So I took it apart and clean, re-gooped.. and put it back together but for some reason it will not power up now. Any suggestions?

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  • sylviaivie Dec 21, 2008

    That doesn't make sense, because even if the processor was damaged it should boot to Cmos. I'm not getting any boot up at all. It's like the power switch isn't working... It just won't power on.

  • sylviaivie Dec 21, 2008

    No. No green light at all. I had my husband (an electronics tech) just check the ribbon cable that runs from the mini board at the power button to the mother board and he thinks that it may sport a couple broken lines in it.

    I'm pretty sure the problem with heating is my poor habits. I smoke so it gets a lot of smoke when i'm using it.. and I find a lot of pet hair inside as well. I use it anywhere form 12-18 hours a day for school. I do want to get some of that Arctic paste to see if that will help and I use a lap top cooler as well.

  • sylviaivie Dec 21, 2008

    ha ha ha... went to put the ribbon cable back in and poof... the little clip disappeared!! :faint:

    I've been tempted to bite the bullet and buy another notebook. But holy moly where did all the 3.2ghz ones go?? They are no where to be found. I certainly do not want to step backward and I don't want to pay $1k for one either... never mind what I think of Vista.

  • sylviaivie Dec 21, 2008

    Whoa!! I just called Gateway and was told they no longer provide support over the phone! They dont' sell those small parts either. So the one notebook I was looking at (gateway) is most likely off the list.

    What do you think of Alienware?

  • sylviaivie Dec 21, 2008

    Actually the Laptops are made by ?Clevo! have you ever heard of them?

    Funny. I ended up with a Dell Inspiron in PINK!!! LOL here's the link..

    I swore that I'd never get another after my last experience with them but the $600 is a lot better than the $12000 I was looking at.

    Looks like all of our computer manufacturing has been shipped over seas. Figures GD politians and their "Better plan for America" (NAFTA, WTO, etc.) WE don't have jobs and NOW we can't even afford the **** they ship in.

    If I see one more multi-millionare SOB go begging to the US government because their company needs to be "bailed out" I'm likely to go on a shooting spree. (kidding...) I think it should be LAW that no CEO, VP or any Admin should make more than their top paid worker. (that would change a lot) AND if one of those SOB's runs their company in the ground but has been taking MILLIONS a year as a salary... They should be stripped of any savings and retirement and the money used to "fix" the company.

    Ok, off my soap box.

    Does anyone know where I can get laptop components? I still want to fix my old one so I can retreave my data and redo this one for my hubby to use. He's been using this old work horse Win2kpro and there are some things for which he really needs WinXp

    Thanks for all your help.



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It's possible the overheating has damaged the processor. Sorry.

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    Roy Lonsinger Dec 21, 2008

    Is the green light on the motherboard coming on when you try to power up? If it's red or not coming on at all then it would mean a power supply problem. The cause of the overheating needs to be found or any fix you do will only be temporary as heat really kills computers. Wish I could help more.

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    Roy Lonsinger Dec 21, 2008

    Artic paste is very good. I use it in systems I build exclusively as it seems to have the best heat displacement. If there is no light at all then *********** board is not getting power from the power supply. This could be due to one of two things. 1. Either the cable has broken wires/shorts in it, or 2. The power supply itself is damaged. I'm not sure what Gateway uses for power supplies but if it is an industry standard psu then you could do alot better pricewise than buying a new one from gateway. I wish you good luck.

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    Roy Lonsinger Dec 21, 2008

    Actually if you step backwards in speed today you make up for it in dual/quad cores. A 2.9ghz quad core system actually works faster than a 3.2ghz dual or single core system. I don't blame you for not wanting to spend $$$'s on a new system. Good luck.

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    Roy Lonsinger Dec 21, 2008

    Alienware is now owned by Dell. They make a nice computer but Dell charges alot more for the alienware name. If I were going to buy a new notebook that I'd use for everything I'd look at the Dell XPS notebook line. Good luck.



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