I have a Gateway laptop. Everything works except the on/off switch. (I took it apart to clean off the beer that was spilled on it and it worked after I cleaned it, but the switch was a little flaky). Now the switch doesn't work at all. I know that it is getting power because the power LED on the keyboard lights up when I plug it in.
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You might be able to do it yourself, though in the worst case there are companies that replace motherboards for about $150. The problem you are experiencing may be a display inverter problem, the easiest way to test this is to connect the laptop to an external monitor using the VGA port (usually blue). If it displays what you would expect, then it is most likely not the motherboard. New LCDs for most laptops are also in the $150 to $200 range, and are fairly easy to replace on some models of laptops. Inverters are less than the LCD in most cases. I would not recommend doing the replacement yourself if you are not intimately familiar with the inner workings of notebook computers.
If your have the time, Hose down the pc with windex, through the leyboard, and any other openings that are available. Set the unit aside for at least three days in a warm area. This will dissolve any beer residue and allow the windex to totally evaporate. Try to run the unit after you are fully sure that all of the windex has evoparated.
You should be good to go unless you have burned out the video processor. If the screen still doesn't work, you can attach an external monitor to test it. If it works, you haven't burned up the processor, but you most likely have ruined the screen circuity.
If that is the case, then good luck. Go online and goole Gateway Notebook Repair. You'll have quite a few choices to select from.
wow this is quite the job you are undertaking but can be done, as far as amanual to take this aparty the only way i know to get one is through gateway themselves and good luck with that, having said this i took apart my laptop and replaced the fan but it wasnt easy and theres a bout 100 screws
I suggest you download for $6 the service manual for your laptop here
You take it appart and clean everything electronic board component side and wired side with alcool (not beer, something like 90%), you wash the plastics, and build everything back together.
Before pushing the power button, pray a little bit ;)
20mn was too short anyway , next time it's two days min. by hot days.
Good luck and don't forget to vote,
Needs physical repair. No help without some new parts. The "little piece" latch is necessary. The bay thinks there is a device there and there isn't. The POST (Power On Self Test) program won't allow it to startup if a device is missing.