I have a Gateway MA3 aka MX6453. The problem that I am experiencing iswith the computer freezing up. It appears to be related tooverheating. I tested this by opening up the back and booting it up. After about 5 min. the computer freezes (mouse won't move, nothingfunctions short of powering down). I blew canned air on the fan andthe computer immediately un-froze and continued to run for about 5 min.until freezing again. I spun the fan with my finger and it began to runon it's own and the computer immediately began to function again for aperiod of time. Looks to me that the fan has a problem and it isshutting down when it gets too hot. Is this something that can beeasily repaired without taking it to the shop, and what needs to bereplaced? Part source?
Ok well than it is the fan if there is only one but bad news is the fan will cost you around 30 dollars here is a good site that i use frequently http://www.priorityelectronics.com/gateway/laptopfans.htm
it should be preatty easy to install but if you have anymore questions please dont hesitate to ask
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The only things you could hope to upgrade in a laptop that old is the RAM and the hard drive. if it's an x86 computer the most you get get is 4GBs of ram and maybe a 250GB IDE drive in that. Laptop's are not really meant for upgrading. It isn't cost effective to upgrade laptops anyways. Spend $300 on a new low end laptop and you will have something at least twice as powerful as this laptop you currently have.
Restart the computer while tapping the deleate key this should bring you to bios go to advanced and check if the harddrive is listed with it highlighted press enter to enter the sub menu make shure its not disabled if it is enable it hit escape key to exit sub menu go to Boot on main menu set hard drive as 1st boot device set cd/dvd drive as 2nd boot device press f10 to save changes and exit. Try restarting
if you get msg opperating system not found use the system restore disk
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Detailed post with photos. Same problem, different model; but it looks the same and other users said it worked for them. Read all the user comments first to see where other people had problems and maybe messed their computer up worse.
I would say that the problem is with the video card, and yes, you may need to replace entire mainboard. Check your warranty period, if it is still valid, just go to service center to get it fix, no need to ask around.
When replacing mainboard, your files, softwares and settings is still in place. Unless you also replace the hard drive, you will have the computer back as is used to.
Because the power jack is soldered directly to the motherboard, side to side stress on the plug over time damages more than the solder joint, it also loosens the little copper sleeve that lines the hole in the motherboard. Simply resoldering the joint only cures the problem for a month or so. You must remove the plug, wrap and then solder a thin piece of wire clipped from a small resisitor lead to the base of the center pin connector leg (the one to the back of the jack) and pull through the board with the leg. Then the extra wire is bent over like a hook and coiled around the spot -- squashed flat. then the coiled extra wire acts as an added anchor when soldered (hooking the power jack connector to the board.) this joint will survive like or even better than new. Not doing this added step gaurantees you joint repair will fail not long after it is made.