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Gateway E-4200, Pentium III, Win XP, Nothing Showing On Monitor

I have an older model Gateway E-4200, Pentium III. The computer was left out in cold weather for a few weeks but was brought in on Christmas day 2008. It was then left alone to "warm up" and "dry out." I turned it on today, but nothing came across the monitor; however, three loud beeps came from the computer, and then it sounded as if the computer normally booted up. I could not see if the computer was okay because nothing came across the computer screen. The sound card was removed, and I thought that might be part of the problem, but I don't think it is. The cables are all plugged in, (monitor, computer, etc.) and the monitor was hooked up properly into the video slot. What could the problem be? Thanks!

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The beeps are usually an error code meaning either the RAM or video card has went bad or are not properly seated. Leaving it out as you did could have caused the parts to come unseated when you moved the unit. Try reseating the RAM & video card and then retry booting. Hope this helps & please remember to rate my answer. Thanks.

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http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile/Q106/BladeC/1009028nv.shtml

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Example:
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Mega = Approximately 1 Million in computer terms
Giga = Approximately 1 Billion in computer terms
Hertz stands for Cycles per Second.

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Crude example of Cache;
You are writing a thesis, and you need additional information.
Where is it? Down in the basement, no light, under the stairs, in a box, last book on the bottom.

Down the stairs you go flashlight in hand. Book dug out, back upstairs, and open the book to the page/s you need.
Need more info? Yep. Back down in the basement you go.

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Service Manual? (Free),

http://www.tim.id.au/blog/tims-laptop-service-manuals/#toc-gateway

Go to the line that starts with Gateway 400. (400 in blue)
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MX6200.
(The Gateway MX6214 Notebook PC is part of the MX6200 series )

This is a PDF file. The computer you are using now has Adobe Reader on it, which uses PDF files.
After you click on the file name, (MX6200), it may take up to 30 seconds, before the first page comes up.

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