I have a Gateway M460 that usually comes on when it has been sitting off for a while. After it has been on for a few minutes it freezes up the control of the pointer and keyboard. It will not control alt del. I have to turn it off with the power button. It may or may not come on after many attempts. But it won't stay on long before it freezes again.
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You had better know what your going before you do this as it will erase the operating system too, making the disk unusable until you install the operating system again. Call Tiger Direct and buy an internal HDD adapter cable... it has a USB plug on one end and will allow ANOTHER PC to read it like a Flashdrive. Remove the HDD for our PC and connect the adapter. Using the other PC, format each directory separately, usually there are two: a C: and D:. You can also extract all the data files you have stored on the HDD BEFORE you reformat it. If you don't see files on the old HDD, use the START... type in "cmd"... then the old HDD name as listed in the other PC, for example, if it's Q:, use the command "CHG DIR Q:\" This will change to that HDD. Type in "TYPE DIR/W/P and all the directories should show up. If it's blank, you have a bad HDD and reformatting it won't help you. Buy a new HDD from Tiger Direct, at least 500GB at the fast spool speed. Have you original Genuine Windows CD-Rom ready and the key code and install it in your good HDD.
good thing is it seems like a software fault not hardware, when it isn't working check to see if the drivers are still there and if they are updated. something may be deleting the drivers for the device like a virus. so there may be a program that you use after you recover that sends it to **** again. Download Avast! antivirus and use that, best protection around.
To check to see if the DVD/CD has the drivers click start -> right click computer -> click manage -> (wait for screen to load) click on device manager and navigate to the cd/dvd rom drive. you can manage the drivers from there and update, locate the driver and backup, rollback drivers etc..
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From the information you provided it sounds like a bad DC jack, first check your power adapter with a volt meter if you have one accessible. If your power adapter is outputting the proper voltage, then within a 95% certainty its your dc jack. You can look at this website here for more info on dc jack repair, if you dont have the proper tools to fix it.