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Gateway mx3414 startup problem

When i hit the power button I hear the HD engage, and the fan turn on, but the screen is blank black. Though it does sound much quieter on startup than it used to. Does anyone know what would be the cause of this?

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  • chaseme1416 Jan 12, 2009

    i have not changed monitors.



    it was awhile ago, but I was on my computer, and it froze. It was not the typical BSOD error i normally get when it freezes.(though i had seen this freeze screen once or twice before) but (kinda hard to describe) it was a strange pattern. wtih white, gray, red, green. Its almost impossible to describe.

    BUt after i had to manually turn it off, when i started it back up is when the black screen problem started.

  • chaseme1416 Jan 12, 2009

    yes. I had already tried hooking it up to another monitor. No luck there. I assumed it would be something serious, and have made an appointment to get it checked out.



    I would not mind getting a new computer anyway, this laptop has caused nothin but problems

  • chaseme1416 Jan 12, 2009

    thanks for the info. Ill be sure to let you know what they say



    and i like the positive swing you put on it.... new computer :)

  • chaseme1416 Jan 13, 2009

    welp yea, it was the motherboard... so i got a new computer...



    i tell you what... those techs at the store really know how to talk your ear off... its really mentally draining

  • Dan rogers
    Dan rogers May 11, 2010

    can you hook the computer up to a different monitor and see what happens? It sounds like your display may have gone out. Since it is a notebook im not sure if the graphics are expandable. If you hook up another monitor and you still have no display than you are looking at something serious. You say you had the bsod show up a couple times? May also be the mem. or cpu. If it is hardware related and the computer is no longer under warranty you might be best off buying a new machine.

  • DEKR
    DEKR May 11, 2010

    Have you changed monitors.Please clarify the last thing you were doing before this happened

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Make sure no buttons on your monitor were changed.I had a pc monitor where all it was the grandchild had changed the settings on the monitor

If you dont mind formatting you can put your windows or recovery cd in and boot from cd.If it allows you to boot I would continue with the new installation.
If not you may be better off buying a new laptop.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 13, 2009

    I'm glad you got a new pc

    I thought you were in trouble after you explained your problem

    GOOD LUCK

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If you are not getting any display on any monitors it leads me to believe the display did in fact go bad. This happens with electronics and probably nothin you could have done but when you take it to your appointment make sure they get any info you need off the computer and put it on a cd or flash drive for you. Sorry I didn't have better news for you but now at least you get to go shopping for a new machine. :)

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

  • Dan rogers
    Dan rogers Jan 13, 2009

    There is a lot of mumbo jumbo when it comes to computers and that is why most of us that work on them have a "different personality" I'm glad you did get the issue resolved even though there was nothing i could help you with. If you have any questions about your new system you know where to look. Good luck

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