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Gateway Gt 5220 computer powers on but will not boot

Good evening folks,

To start off, i have a Gateway Gt 5220 Machine with a stock
NVIDIA GeForce 6150 AM2 uBTX 1394 Motherboard
(the specifications are here: http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/1009151/1009151sp3.shtml)

In a nutshell, whats happening is that the computer turns on however nothing shows up on the screen. The fans would spin but nothing happens beyond that. I have to rule out the motherboard and CPU as every once in awhile, i would be able to actually get the computer to boot at least once, but after turning it off and attempting to restart it, it would resume the behavior that i have mentioned earlier. I have to rule out the power supply because at the time of this writing, i have a new power supply installed in the computer and it is still exhibiting the same behavior. I even took the liberty of running just the motherboard with the CPU and it would refuse to boot. Again, the computer would successfully boot every once in awhile but after turning it off and attempting to restart it, it would just simply refuse to reboot.

I spent weeks nonstop researching this problem online and trying to figure out why its behaving the way that it is behaving but to no avail. I cannot figure out exactly why the computer would successfuly boot and then not boot on the next try but fifty retries later, the computer would boot again and so on. So my question is, would anyone have any idea what would cause this and if so, what would be the best way to deal with the problem?

If anyone needs more information to help formulate a solution, please feel free to ask. Thank you very much!

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  • Jstuck044 Feb 26, 2009

    Hello RescueTech:
    Thank you for the response, i have an onboard nvidia Gefoce 6150 graphics card so there isnt much i can do about that. As far as reseating the memory goes, i tried that a couple times but to no avail. Ill try the suggestion anyway and maybe out of sheer luck, it will start working again.

    SmithBrother:
    Thank you for the response, i dont have another CPU and i dont even want to try the to use the CPU from the computer that im typing on (its an intel based processor and i doubt it would go over well with the motherboard on the computer that im having the problem with). I did notice however that when i leave the computer outside in cold temperatures for a minute and then bring it back in and turn it on, it would sucessfully boot up.


  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    I have had computers that have behaved in this manner due to a CPU going bad, usually from overheat. They would work sometimes especially when cold. I believe it is the intenal thermal switch.
    If you could borrow another CPU of the correct socket and substitute it just to test it out?

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I have the same system and have had this same problem 3 times! It is the motherboard. My system was under warranty and extended warranty in 2 of the cases. The motherboard was replaced both times and that did fix the problem. At this time, I am contemplated wheather to fix it a third time or buy a new system as I believe the problem is in the design.

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It's either the video card, memory, or motherboard.

I had the same problem with one of my desktop's. It ended up being the motherboard. Had to turn the computer on and off, on and off until eventually it would power on.

I'd start with reseating the memory and video card. Is your video onboard?

Let me know what happens and I'll keep throwing ideas your way.

Best of luck!

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    Are we giving up?

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I have this same P.O.S. It is having the same symptoms: It rarely will turn on with the blue light and actually boot. Its stuck in "safe mode." I took it to Staples and they charged me 75$ to tell me its the motherboard, but "it could be the memory chips are bad too." They wanted $100 to INSTALL a motherboard that I would have to buy elsewhere. F' Staples. Don't buy this computer. I can't get a real answer anywhere and I've had 3 people look at it. I'm about to throw it away. If you have idea to fix it call me 999999 0000000 333333 2222222 111111 77777 99999 1111111111 55555555555 4444444444

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Anybody consider switching out the power supply?

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I HAVE THE SAME BOARD AND AS RECENTLY AS 2 DAYS AGO I HAD SAME NO BOOT FANS ON PROBLEM. I WENT THROUGH TROUBLE SHOOTING AND SUCH UNTILL I FOLLOWED A TIP I READ ON GATEWAYS WEB SITE. I REMOVED THE FRONT PANEL POWER CABLE WIRE FROM MOTHERBOARD END OF WIRE. I THEN PLUGGED WIRE BACK ONTO MOTHERBOARD PINS >>>>>>>HOT DAM MY PROBLEM WENT AWAY. I JUMPED UP SO HIGH AND I AM BACK TO MY GAMES ONLINE. MODERN WARFARE 2.

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