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go to net search Gateway 7320GZ; 7322GZ; 7325GZ; 7326GZ; 7330GH; 7330G service maintenance manual pdf download and save file open file and follow instructions on diss assembly ,it can take awhile to find the manual though ,that is what i usually do when working on any laptop.
I guess you've got a broken laptop power dc jack or power cable.
Symptoms of a broken Laptop DC power jack:
- The laptop only operates when you hold the DC power plug in a certain direction (DC jack is broken or loose). - The laptop only runs on battery power (no power is getting through the DC jack). - The laptop gets no power at all. - The laptop will not charge the battery. - The laptop switches from AC power to battery power intermittently due to a loose or broken power jack. - The laptop suddenly shuts off. - The DC jack may feel loose. - Sparks come out of the back of the laptop when you insert the power plug into the DC jack.
You don't necessarily have to take it apart. Simply taking a vacuum, and putting it close to the fans, while sealing one of them with tape works well enough. I tried this on an old HP and it works well enough. Compressed air is also OK.
You have 2 choices.. One : You can Desolder the DC Power Jack from the mainboard, clean the pins and connections on the board, then Resolder the DC Power jack back on. Or TWO: purchase a new DC Power Jack and Remove old one / replace with new one.. This will fix your Laptop Power problem..
I tried looking up a manual on how to remove the motherboard on Gateway's support site but they do not provide one. They may have one available that is not published on the site. I would first contact their tech support via Chat and ask if they have one available for download. This would give you specific instructions on how to open the laptop and remove the motherboard so you can replace the DC jack. You will need the serial number from the laptop to open a chat session.
If they do not have one you can try it yourself. I did this myself with my HP laptop and after many tedious hours of work I was able to remove the motherboard, remove the dc jack, and resauder a new one on the board and it worked out perfectly.
If you feel comfortable doing the work yourself first start off by removing the screws on the bottom. You then should be able to remove the keyboard, look for a cable that connects it to the board. Now you should be able to remove the pieces of the case around the keyboard, look for the cable connecting the touchpad to the motherboard. After that you should be able to remove the LCD screen, look for the cable connecting it to the motherboard. Now remove the screws holding the motherboard in and remove the tiny bolts around the external monitor connector and the printer connector if you have one. Now you should have access to the DC jack. You will need to sauder the current one off the board and resauder a new one on. Keep track of the many many screws and try placing the components in the order they came out so will know which ones need to go back in in the proper order.
This is VERY tedious if you are not familiar with working on laptop hardware. You maybe able to find a local shop willing to do this or you can look online for a place that replaces DC jacks on motherboards.