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No power hi my 3200 xl gateway will not power up was told by a service tech the motherboard was fried and that i would have to replace it is there another solution?

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  • Dale Barrett
    Dale Barrett May 11, 2010

    Does the fan or anything come on when you push the power button? If not, I can tell you a basic test for the Power supply to see if it may just be a power supply issue. Please let me know if the fan comes on.

  • Bill Speer
    Bill Speer May 11, 2010

    When you attempt to turn on the PC, is the power light green, orange or just not on at all?


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I suggest it's the power supply instead. Granted, I cannot diagnose it without more information. 70% of computer problems are the power supply. One day you go to turn the computer on, and Nada!

This can be attributed for ONE, to the owner never cleaning out the inside of the computer, nor the power supply, on a regular basis. I grant you, it may seem daunting, but it's really simple to do.
(You use a can of compressed air for computers. Computer off, and unplugged from the surge protector. Open the computer case. Touch the metal frame of the computer case, to relieve your body of static electricity.
Break the plastic lock tab off of the trigger assembly on the can of air, insert the plastic 'straw' into the nozzle. Start at the top of the inside, and work your way down. Go in rows. Spray out the power supply also.)

The second thing it can be attributed to is Electrolytic Capacitor failure. Commonly referred to as
'Capacitor Plague'. Info,

It could be that the motherboard is fried. IF, the service tech viewed the computer, and diagnosed this, there is the possibility. Not to slam tech's, because I am a computer geek myself, but replacing a motherboard brings a lot more money, than a simple power supply replacement.

Catch my drift?

I have diagnosed hundreds of computers, and the main problem was the power supply. Capacitor failure. I have had MANY people that were just SURE, it was the motherboard. NOPE!
Power supply!
The next cause of failure are Electrolytic Capacitors on the motherboard. The ones that surround the processor are Voltage Regulators. If you see any that are leaking, bulging, or popped open, THEN, it is the motherboard.
What do they look like in this state?

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Just open ur P.C cabinate and look when the Power supply is on in ur mother board then there is a green light in ur Mother board ; is it on ??
If the LED is on then I hope ur mother board is ok yet.
Then I think there is some connection prob on the pushing button on the cabinate.
Check it if it is not then u have to replace ur mother board.

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