I too have a Gateway 610xl with video problems - flicking on/off when ever it seems the hard disk drive is accessed (draw on power supply?). Just recently I replaced the power supply with ver 01 but to no avail - the problem continues. My next options are 1) to try to connect an external monitor (as suggested earlier on FixYa), 2) replace video components with parts from Skyline Engineering, 3) try to reduce the load on the power supply (disconnect sound?) 4) try an external much larger power supply, 5)send it to Gateway for repair, 6) get a new system. Any ideas and suggestions would be appreciated.
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on the newer psu's (power supply units) they are labeled. if they are not there is a basic rule. if it fits the socket without forcing it, use it there. there are many 4 pin plugs on a psu. these are all identical and all are exactly the same. they can be used anywhere a 4 pin connector is needed. newer psu's also have 6 pin, 8 pin and sata plugs. 6 pin and 8 pin are generally for video cards that are pcix sata pugs are for any sata drive, like a dvd or a hard disk. also there is a 24 pin or a 20 + 4 pin connector. this goes to the mother board.
It could be power or a fan is not working open the side cover and check if all fans start spinning when powered up. If it is a power supply issue, there is no easy way to change it out. You have to take everything inside the case out. Issue like these are best left for Apple service centers (and yes they do this on purpose). Also try and remove all cards and only reinstall the video card (make sure you remove it and reinstall it). From there remove all the memory sticks and put one in and try to boot. Switch that one out with the others one by one and see if it boots. Try them in pairs also. If still no luck try and disconnect the hard drive and see if it stays on longer than previous. If so put in your recovery disk and boot from the DVD drive just to see if it boot into the recovery disk. I doubt if it would be your Hard drive giving it symptoms like this but with out having the machine I can only say to try testing every part if you are able too (before taking it to Apple). If it is a liquid cooled version 9i.e. G5 2.7 or most G5 made in 2005) than there could be issues with liquid leaking out of cooler and into the power supply. Let us know how it goes.
have the power supply tested or use a diff power supply in your cpu, just to see if the clicking sound will disappear,if it disappear then a power supply replacement would be beneficial, if not then have your cpu check by a qualified tech to see where is that sound coming from
If you repeatedly hit F8 key when the computer starts to boot it will open the boot menu screen. There should be an option to "halt computer on all errors". This should bring up the blue screen of death. It should give you something like
STOP: 0X0000007E, the a whole bunch of other numbers. after that it may display a file name. You can search the internet for STOP: 0X0000007E and the file named mentioned. You may be able to find a solution by doing this. It is usually caused by a bad driver or executing a bad command on Windows start up. You can boot the computer in safe mode from the boot menu and maybe repair the problem but it's a tough one to find. I'm trying to repair a similar Gateway computer. It doesn't list a file name and I'm pretty sure that it's a video driver or the onboard video card. The problem is Gateway is no longer in business and it's hard to find updated drivers I"m going to try to backup all the files on the drive and re-install windows and try to repair the drivers with more updated ones. The gateways are hard because they don't have slots in the motherboard to install anything but an old PCI video card. It may be time to think about a new computer soon.
It is possible that the motherboard or one of your other devices (Drives, fans, video card) pulled down too much power and killed the supply, but it's far more likely that the supply was bad all by itself.
There's no way to remotely diagnose which part failed first, but if it were my system the first thing I'd do is buy a new power supply.
I haven't seen a 250W power supply in a long time -- is this an old computer or a modern system? Unless it's a specialized system that requires the smaller supply, I'd get a 400W supply or larger.
If it's an older system, make sure that the new power supply has the correct motherboard connections to work with your motherboard.
Your power supply is fried. I had the same problem with my Bestec ATX 250 power supply. I fixed the problem by installing the StatTech model: ATXPOWER250. It was easy to install and works well. It is almost identical to the original but more quiet. I got it for $29 at MicroCenter.com. Also at online Newegg.com, Radioshack.com, Provantage.com, June 20,2009
May be the power supply gor affected by the damage because the cd rom busted so better than trying to use the same power supply better get another new one because it may damage the other parts of the computer.......