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Computer will not power up

How can I tell what motherboard I have so I can buy a replacment. I have replaced the power supply and checked the on/off switch and it is good. I cant get the tower to power up. If I knew what number on the motherboard was the part number I could order another one.

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  • volsfan1965 Mar 17, 2009

    I found the number on the motherboard it was 915g and all the specs. I was able to get one on ebay for 50 and put it in and all works fine now thank you all for the help

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I attempted to find this information for you and was unable to. Usually the type/model of the motherboard in a prebuilt PC is determined by printed information located by the CPU/Memory slots.

The downside to most prebuilt PCs you buy in the store, is these motherboards are generic motherboards. Gateway orders them from a company that makes them in bulk specifically for their needs. You would be better off trying to buy a new motherboard that matches the specifications of your current one. Here is the specification page for this Gateway PC. You would need to find a new motherboard that matched most, if not all of these features. However, worst case scenario, you may consider contacting Gateway to find out if they still have this board and how much it would cost to buy or have them replace it.

http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/4054/4054sp3.shtml

Posted on Mar 04, 2009

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