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Gateway MT3422 Screen will not turn on.

When I first turn unit on, the screen will not come on. The hard drive light does not illuminate.

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  • jrhome2002 Mar 06, 2009

    When the unit is first turned on: The blue power light comes on as well as the charging light. The hard drive light flashes briefly then goes off, the fan spins and the dvd light stays on during dvd check thens turns off. No light or image appears on the screen. I have removed the hard drive, memory and battery. I do not know how to remove the cover entirely to check connections on the motherboard.

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2009

    i have the same problem, i happens when i install 3 vista updates... that was the only change in my laptop..
    first, the laptop reset itself suddenly wen i was working, but it don't turn back on... it looks like it was suspended, but it doesn't respond .. i had to hold down the power button to turn it off.. this happens 3 time in the day... next day, i only get black screen, the dvd spin, the fan works, it appears to boot but i never reach the logo screen ...

  • opsimathic Mar 24, 2009

    I also have a Gateway Mt3422 with problem exactly as described.  The only difference is that after 15-20 (or more) attempts at holding the power button down to force a reboot it will sometimes boot OK.  During the most recent reboot I pressed F12 while booting (PXE Boot) this briefly flashed an error message "Media Failure - Check Cable) does this clue help anyone?


    Thanks!

  • tickedofftoo Mar 28, 2009

    Same issues here...fan runs but no screen and no indicator lights other than the blue light on the very front of the machine. Help!

  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    I have the same problem as well.

  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    Me too.

  • Anonymous Apr 06, 2009

    what's the deal?

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2009

    same exact problem. I hibernated mine one afternoon, and when I tried to turn it back on nothing happened. Things been down for 2 days now.

  • Anonymous Apr 09, 2009

    Great. I was hoping someone knew the answer to this one. My computer did the same thing about a month ago. I tried to hook up to another monitor and still nothing. I talked to Best Buy and they said $$$ (around 300.00 to fix it). Everything turns on but the screen. This seriously sucks! I have had it for 2 years, and now I can't find my receipt for my extended warranty. Plus, they can't find it in their system.

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    I have the same thing happen, It was my motherboard, brought new one. Can't get the bottom off to replace it. Help ?
    cherubs825

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    I need to get into the bottom of my Gateway notebook to replace the motherboard.Can"t find all of the screws.

  • dogpilers Apr 26, 2009

    I have the same issue. Laptop will not turn back on, although I managed to get it working (this is the 3rd time it has done it) I pressed F1 F2 F3 F4 and Enter while pressing the power button and it worked, twice. Now it wont work at all.
    All the lights below the mouse buttons flash on. the CD light flashes, as though it's trying to read but nothing happens. Sometimes when I hold enter while powering up, the wireless card light will stay on.
    I've tried powering up with an external monitor plugged in but to no avail. I have removed the battery, and mains power, pressed power button for 30seconds, plugged into the mains and tried to power, but no luck. I've tried F12 on startup and again, nothing. I have tried removing ram, and hard drive. That didn't work, even though the first time it seemed to work. I cannot get into the computer enough to check the motherboard, due to the stupid amount of screws and inaccessible places in which they are placed.
    Help is GREATLY Appreciated.

  • Nicholas Lussier May 11, 2010

    Is this a recent issue? Have you tried removing RAM, Harddrive or battery? Does the battery charging light come on?

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This solution worked for me. After Geek Squad had looked at it and said that there would be a new mother board needed. I can vouch for this solution. halo321@comcast.net

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iam mohamad fakih from lebanon iv got the same problem but i solve it,the problem of this gateway is the high tempreture from the cpu this is what makes the damage
to fix it, easily just push the keyboard dawn hardly by your hand on the left side above the following keys:E,R,F,4,5 (u can use ur fist) push hardly and press power button and wait 4 seconds
and when the laptop comes on enter the windows and run aprogram that makes the cpu gets hot(a big game) this is to make the motherbaord become hot ,the heat of the cpu will automatically
solder the damaged bus in the motherboard . good luck

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  • halo321 Jun 02, 2009

    This really worked. I am amazed but it did and now my laptop is working as usual

  • halo321 Jun 02, 2009

    This really worked for me. halo321@comcast.net

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Iam mohamad fakih from lebanon iv got the same problem but i solve it,the problem of this gateway is the high tempreture from the cpu this is what makes the damage
to fix it, easily just push the keyboard dawn hardly by your hand on the left side above the following keys:E,R,F,4,5 (u can use ur fist) push hardly and press power button and wait 4 seconds
and when the laptop comes on enter the windows and run aprogram that makes the cpu gets hot(a big game) this is to make the motherbaord become hot ,the heat of the cpu will automatically
solder the damaged bus in the motherboard . good luck

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I had the same thing happen. Got it all apart. The motherboard part number is 4001189R. I couldn't find a MB for less than $350 but I found the same laptop used for $300.

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I have had the laptop for about 2.5 years and sent it to gateway at least 3 times to fix this problem It just happens that the same problem keeps on repeating itself. Right now, it's dead ( only the blue lights) turn on and I cant see my screen . Right now I am out on my warranty.

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