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My gateway desktop will not shut down and stay off,it comes back on,then its off,on,off,on till i un plug then wait 15 to 20 mins befor i plug back in

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Sounds like a stuck power button or sticking power button. Compressed air usually will get it unstuck.

Posted on Jun 29, 2014

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Sounds like you have a faulty power supply. The internal parts of your pc produce alot of heat, and if a part is heating up, then it will cause your pc to shut off.

With you saying that unplugging it , and then waiting , and then it comes back on, it sounds like once some part has cooled off, then the pc works.

My bet would be your power supply. Do make sure however, that all your parts are still tight in their sockets.. ie processor, memory , etc. I saw a pc that shut off at random times because the heat sink didn't make good contact with the processor once in college. So you want to check those things.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008

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check the fan (top rear of the computer) , make sure it runs when you start the computer. if it is NOT running the power supply may be the cause.
also you may need to remove the case and inspect the fans inside. you shoulkd be able to remove a couple phillips head screws on the back of the computer and lift the cover off or at least the side making the guts of thhe computer visible.
once open , inspect all the fans and cables, especially the fan on the main board and the metal piece with fins undernieth it, this tends to collect dust causing the cpu below to overheat and shut down the syatem to protect itself. The number one cause of crashes is overheating.
look at these things to start and post your findings and we'll move on to another step.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008

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I've had the same problem.
It's likely that the fan is either not working or shuts off prematurely.
The simple solution, instead of buying and installing a new internal fan is to place the computer on its side and put a small electric clip-on fan directly over the vent. Turn on the clip-on fan and then start the computer; the clip-on fan should generate more than enough cooling so that the computer doesn't overhead.

Two notes:
The clip-on fans usually have the clip on the back of the fan so you can clip it to a bed headboard or to a small pole or shelf; the fan is about six inches across, and they sell at Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon.com, etc., for anywhere from $15 to $25, but you can usually buy them at Big Lots or similar stores for about $5 and you can sometimes find them at the Dollar stores.

You can use a larger fan, but a larger fan will generate too much wind. You want to use an electric clip-on fan and not a battery operated fan because a battery operated fan won't generate enough wind/cooling.

And, if the problem ends up being more than simply a cooling problem, you can at least use the clip-on fan later.

Let me know if this works.

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on buy a small clip-on fan and place the fan dire.
The simple solution, instead of buying a new

Posted on Dec 10, 2008

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Based on my experience, the most probable cause of your problem is the RAM. Try Cleaning the RAM first by removing it from the slot, and rub the pins with a pencil eraser. As shown on the image below: 263dfab.jpg

Then re-install it to the motherboard. If problem persist, you may need to replace your RAM.

Note: If you have two RAMs on your pc, might as well clean them both, and then test each RAM to find out if either one of them or both are busted.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009

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Check on the processor installed inside the computer's motherboard, it might be loosen and make sure it is properly locked. Also check for the fan. Make sure the cpu is properly ventilated to avoid overheating that might cause the shutdown.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009

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