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Laptop will not switch on

I have a Gateway mt6452. It's been a good machine and gone with me around the world. When I press the "on" button, it turns blue for a second, and then nothing. In the past few months, I would press the button 674238923 times (just kidding), and one random time it would start-up. Now, the machine won't come on at all. Any ideas? Bad switch?

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  • episcopaul Jan 17, 2009

    Rogervista, the machine will not power-up at all. I'm using Vista Home (when it finally boots).

  • episcopaul Jan 17, 2009

    Honest1abe, I've done all you've recommended. Nothing. The only thing that consistently happens is: If a/c or battery is connected, I get a momentary lighting of the blue button that I'm pushing to attempt start.

    Could it be that switch that's gone wrong?


  • Roger Rios May 11, 2010

    Does the bios screen appear? the bios screen is where ram is checked faast number appear or the computer logo appears.


    and what version of windows are you running?


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Shut down the system, disconnect every thing you can possibly disconnect and remove the battery.

Press and hold the power button for 15 seconds. Reconnect A/C power and try to boot up.

If no change, remove the CD/DVD drive and if you feel comfortable, the hard drive. Reconnect power and try to turn on again.

If you still get nothing, check for any loose screws on the bottom of the case and snug them (DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN). Just finger tight so the screw is not turning loosely. Remove and reseat the RAM. If you get no power, remove the RAM and reconnect power to see if you get beeps from the system.

Let me know if you need to go further than this.


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    honest1abe Jan 18, 2009

    It indeed may be that on off switch or the plastic piece that connects between the button and the actual microswitch on the mother board.

    Search your local area for laptop shops offering free diagnostics. If it is the plastic piece, should not cost much to fix.

    If the switch on the MB is failing or is loose in the connection to the mother board, that is typically a MB replacement. You would then want to evaluate the cost advantage of repair versus replacement.



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