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I have a laptop gateway id59c (Model ID59C06a). It was off for a while. I sent it to Acer for repair but Acer sent it back to me after more than 2 months of waiting and nothing had been done as they could not find the part (Motherboard). Could anyone know where and how I can fix it. The problem is "cannot power up". I already tried to drain the laptop power but didn't help...Any helps would be highly appreciated. Thanks

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Buy a new laptop. Motherboards in laptops are meant to be disposable, not replaceable.

Posted on Nov 04, 2013

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Hi,
This now the third time the problem has arose and you have had it in for repair twice. This indicates that the model range is suffering a generic problem as others are suffering from the same symptoms as you.
Now i don't know what your specific problem is but its usually a faulty graphics chip or card.
I think by now its time that Gateway gave in and gave you a newer model laptop because of the problems its suffering but that going to take a little determination from you, basically moan at them and refuse to give in.
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Posted on Aug 18, 2009

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SOURCE: MY GATEWAY LAPTOP NO LONGER RECEIVES POWER.

Motherboard or harddrive? I'm betting it's more towards the motherboard. The DC Power Jack to be more specific. This is the port where the AC adapter, (Charger), plug is plugged into.

The DC Power Jack is not much bigger, than the plug for the AC adapter that plugs into it. There are small pin leads that are on the bottom of this jack, and they go through the motherboard, and are soldered to the motherboard.

Accidental bumping of the AC adapter plug, while plugged into the DC Power Jack, can damage the jack. It can break the connections for the adapter plug, and/or can crack the solder joints for those small pin leads.

[Laptops use DC electricity. A flashlight battery, and a laptop battery, are examples of stored DC electricity. DC electricity has two poles. Positive and Negative. The DC Power Jack has two connections. Positive and Negative. {Even if the DC Power Jack has multiple holes in it]

There is also another known problem associated with DC Power Jacks. It may stem from a bad motherboard design.

More to the point, the area where the DC Power Jack mounts on the motherboard. In this design, the DC Power Jack motherboard area, is almost a separate part of the motherboard. It's shaped like a Peninsula. (Think of an island, with one side connected to the mainland)

This peninsula shape, has the tendency to crack away from the main body of the motherboard. Circuit traces are broken.

When the AC adapter plug is setting in a certain position, it presses the two broken halves of the circuit traces together, for a momentary contact. As the AC adapter plug is moved from this position, the circuit trace halves are moved apart, and there is no contact.

(No distribution of electricity from one circuit trace half, to the other circuit trace half. Think of a circuit trace as a very, thin, flat copper wire. When a circuit trace is broken, there is essentially a wire that is broken into two parts)

Solution?
See if the DC Power Jack can be repaired, (Solder joint connections re-soldered), or replaced.
If the DC Power Jack motherboard area is the aforementioned peninsula shape, it may require replacement of the motherboard.

There are very FEW, computer repair shops that have the technical expertise to replace a DC Power Jack. Easy fix is to simply replace the motherboard. (More $$$$$ too)

However, some laptops DO require replacement of the motherboard for this repair.
Bad motherboard design, for the DC Power Jack area on the motherboard.

Re-solder DC Power Jack solder joints? (IF, this is the problem) Average is $50 to $75 (US)
Replace DC Power Jack? Average is $125 to $150. (US)
Replace motherboard? Depends on the Gateway model. Could be $225 to $400 (US)

[Yes, most of the time the cost warrants just replacing the laptop itself, as the cost of replacing, is close to the repair cost)

Just to SHOW you ab average DC Power Jack, and the repair involved of replacing. (Doesn't show you, that the entire laptop needs to be disassembled, down to the bare motherboard in hand)

This is NOT a recommendation to replace the DC Power Jack yourself! It is just for knowledge of what is partially involved. (You can accidentally burn the motherboard when desoldering, or soldering, rendering the motherboard useless)

http://www.laptoprepair101.com/laptop/2007/12/06/dc-power-jack-repair-guide/

Posted on Sep 09, 2009

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Because the power jack is soldered directly to the motherboard, side to side stress on the plug over time damages more than the solder joint, it also loosens the little copper sleeve that lines the hole in the motherboard. Simply resoldering the joint only cures the problem for a month or so. You must remove the plug, wrap and then solder a thin piece of wire clipped from a small resisitor lead to the base of the center pin connector leg (the one to the back of the jack) and pull through the board with the leg. Then the extra wire is bent over like a hook and coiled around the spot -- squashed flat. then the coiled extra wire acts as an added anchor when soldered (hooking the power jack connector to the board.) this joint will survive like or even better than new. Not doing this added step gaurantees you joint repair will fail not long after it is made.

Posted on May 17, 2010

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