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I have to ask you? Forgive me here but did you install the correct video card? You may have done that wrong. Is that possible? Or you may have installed a card that is overkill that is a possibility. If it is overkill it will not work properly. Seems weird I have done that myself thinking I would get the best card out there and installed it and it did the same thing for me as well. I had to rethink and get the right upgrade for the computer and I was fine after that. Since it runs in Windows fine that is a weird it not handling anything else. So this tell me it is not the right card, or it is a bad purchased or given to you card that is always a possibility as well. Same with RAM a board can only handle so much ram installed you have to look into the board what will work for upgrade and what will not just because it fits does not mean it will work for you. Just a suggestion maybe someone else has a better answer here? John
Unfortunately, there isn't any way to increase the video performance of this model. Only very few laptops have interchangeable video cards and this isn't one of them, sadly. Video RAM can sometimes be increased in the BIOS by hitting F2 when the computer is first starting up (during the Gateway screen) and fiddling around with that, but it's probably a long shot because usually only enthusiast laptops have that function.
I would try removing, the cd drive,hardrives out so all you have connected is the processor, and ram. If two sticks dont work try one. Try this as a starting point too see if you get a display signal from the monitor, and the bios. Also try putting in a video card in the pci or agp if the on board video isnt working.
Gateway was working good went upstairs came back NOTHING BLACK SCREEN....
My gateway screen was constently black every time I powered on nothing no bios, nostart up no warning..The board has indicating lights to follow the start up power light on, battery light on, then the disk drive....but thats it normaly the harddrive reader light comes on but nothing.... So detached every component and tested individually..... come to find out one of my 2 ram slots is damaged not the chips...this could be your problem..try
first of all check brihtness control of your screen was adjusted properly and fied with sufficent level.
then check RAM slot and re fixed it properly.
if stil you have the problem chek disply card mother boadrd and of laptop unit.
If you get rid of Vista and put in 2gb of Ram your Laptop will not need 4 gb of ram.
You need to get it will not support double sided or ECC this is why you can not have 4gb you need
2GB kit (1GBx2), 200-pin SODIMM, DDR2 PC2-5300 memory module
There are two different memory modules for that series.You can determine which you need by the chipset for you machine.If you have a Via VN800 Chipset You need the 1024MB-DDR333, 333MHz, PC2700, 200p SODIMM, 2.5v. If you have the NVIDIA nForce 410 Chipset The you need the 1024MB-533MHz DDR2-533 PC2-4200, 200p SODIMM, 1.8v Hope this clears up your problem