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Power? i own a gateway mx6450, the laptop fails to power up, and battery is damaged, i took it to a local repair shop, and was told it could be mother board issues. i refuse to believe it is main board as they could not get it to power up as well. i have also been made aware that the laptop will not power up without either a good battery in place, or one plugged into the laptop. is there a way to bypass battery, and just have the 6450 run solely off the charger for diagnostic purpose?? items that were checked and resolved to not be an issue on the laptop were: ac adapter plug in is intact and soldering not broken, and other then cosmetic damage there was only real damage to the battery , the charger is working properly, everything withing the laptop appears intact, and unharmed..

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That is not uncommon for a laptop to not "run" unless there is a battery installed .. good or not .. so bypassing may not be an option for you.

Have you tried a new battery? Or did the shop try a new battery?

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  1. The service center doesn't do component-level service on motherboards, so they want to replace the whole board because the DC jack is broken. Many shops work this way.
  2. Because of arcing and heating at the bad DC jack connections, the motherboard may have been damaged enough that it can't be repaired.
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