Question about Gateway Laptop T3200
It could possibly be the motherboard, but there's a couple of steps you should try first. First and foremost, unplug the laptop, and remove the battery, then press and hold the power button on the laptop down for about 15-20 seconds. Then plug the power back in (leave the battery removed) and try again.
If you still have no video, then power off the laptop once more, remove the power, go underneath the laptop, and using a #0 or #1 philips jewellers screwdriver, remove the plastic cover that holds the RAM, and remove both modules. With them removed, once more, plug the power back in and turn the laptop on. If the computer begins emitting a series of loud beeps (to denote a "No RAM" POST error), then it may very well be one of the sticks of RAM that are at fault, in which case you'll have to reinsert each RAM module, one by one, powering the unit on each time a stick is inserted, to see if you can isolate as to which RAM stick is the faulty one.
However, if you don't get the beep, or swapping sticks of RAM doesn't seem to help resolve the issue, then you do have an issue with the motherboard, in which case it would have to be replaced. The motherboard for this model of gateway is simply called "Gateway notebook Motherboard". The part # from gateway's website is 102156 (you may have to consult an authorized service center to have the part special-ordered in for you)
Posted on May 15, 2009
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