Re: our v2000 takes several attempts to turn on - once...
This could be a hard drive problem. Try taking the hard drive out and putting it in another laptop. Also try taking the battery out and then connect it only with the power cord connected. If you have the same problem it is most likely a hard drive problem. I would recommend that you back up the data and get a new hard drive.
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without dedicated support when their Gateway laptop won't start.
Remove the AC adapter from the laptop and attempt to boot the laptop from
battery alone. Attempt to turn on the laptop.
Replace the AC adapter and remove the battery from your
Ensure the adapter is plugged in. Attempt to turn on the
Disconnect the AC adapter and leave the battery removed
from the laptop.
Hold down the power button for 30 seconds.
Nothing should happen on the screen.
Reconnect the AC adapter to the laptop.
Attempt to power on the laptop.
If the laptop boots, replace the battery once the operating
Try the process again with a new AC adapter and battery if
Contact Gateway support if you aren't a former MPC customer.
Alternatively, take the laptop to a computer specialist if
it still won't start.
2 choices turn the comp over un plug the battery leave about 2 minits. then plug back in and try again . If that doesn't work then when it starts 2 boot up press F8 several times it will ask normal start or select last known good configuration & select it . if that doesn't work have u aback up disk insert the 4 th disk and boot from that insert tha disck turn off comp and re start it will come up boot from disc press any key yes thats shold b it
One thing that might be worth trying that I have seen work on several occasions is to disconnect the power, then remove the laptop battery, reconnect the power lead and try operating the laptop with no battery. If this does work, then the laptop battery has probably failed and made a short-circuit internally which would be why it will no longer charge and why the laptop will not power on as a safety precaution.
Try a hard reset. Sometimes it works and is always the first step to take. Remove the battery and the ac adapter plug from the laptop. Press and hold the power button for forty seconds. Install the battery and ac adapter .Now press the power button to attempt a boot into the OS.
If that doesn't work then remove the hard disk to see if it gets past the splash screen and the BIOS whines that it can't find a boo-table OS. That would indicate a hard disk failure. Also try to remove the memory module(s) from the DIMM slots and then reinstalling them. That reset the modules and cleans some oxidation off the module pins (if there is any)
This is normally a motherboard issue. I had one with the same symptoms and I had to replace the motherboard. Worked great after the board was replaced. I had to replace the board because unlike your issue mine stopped working all together. It did take a while before it quit though. Just a note: I have had to replace several of these motherboards for customers as well. If your LCD is broken, you may be better off to save your data and put it in a new laptop that would include a warranty unless your super fond of the machine or you have access to inexpensive parts.
Hope this helps...
Unplug the power, remove the battery and then hold the power button for
30 to 60 seconds. Then reattach the power and attempt a boot. It worked
for me! Just shutdown, put the battery back in you're good to go.
Worked for me so definitely worth a try. Good luck
HELLO,PRESS AND HOLD THE POWER ON BUTTON FOR A FEW SECONDS UNTIL YOU GET A POWER LIGHT.ONCE YOU GET THE LIGHT,THE LAPTOP SHOULD BOOT UP NORMALLY.IF THAT DOESNT WORK,REMOVE THE BATTERY AND TRY TO POWER UP WITH JUST THE AC ADAPTER PLUGGED IN.ONCE YOU GET BOOTED,INSTALL THE BROADCOM WIRELESS CARD SOFTWARE FIRST FROM THE CD THAT CAME WITH THE ADAPTER.THE SET-UP WILL THEN ASK YOU TO INSTALL THE CARD AFTER THE DRIVERS HAVE BEEN LOADED.YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET ONLINE ONCE ALL THE STEPS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.GOOD LUCK