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I have power to the fan but no boot up

I have a Gateway model GM5088. S/N CCH66 910 00947When I plug in the power cord the fan comes on and the yellow light comes on. the blue power light doesn't come on. Do I need to replace that power switch harness??

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  • ll_furch Mar 05, 2009

    There is only one the harness plugs into the mbx. Thx...

    I have constant power. the switch is not turning on or off...

  • ll_furch Mar 05, 2009

    Thank you very much......

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You might want to make sure the harness is plugged into the right pins on the mother board.

Posted on Mar 05, 2009

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    thewizman23 Mar 05, 2009

    You might try getting a new harness than. The only other thing it could be is, the board being messed up.

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