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Computer wont turn on

Hi a friend recently gave me a Gateway T1628 series notebook. The laptop doesnt turn on at all. I think it has a bad motherboard but iam not sure. Ive taken the battery out and just left the ac cord plugged in and still has no power.

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  • DWDpcRepair May 11, 2010

    is the power supply good? check it with a voltage tester to make sure you are getting power to the unit.



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If your Gateway computer is more than 2 years old, you're screwed, because Gateway sold all the "support" for its older models of computers to a company which went bankrupt in November 2008. So, no support and no parts are available anymore.

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Could be many issues, some indication of lights or anything in your description would help. Can you see or hear the fan? Have you tried another power supply and looked at the plug part where the adapter plugs into the laptop. From there we disassemble the laptop starting with the keyboard generally and there are anywhere from 1 to 7 screws retaining it, some you must lift the panel above the keyboard first but usually screws hold this down as well. I usually remove all screws from the bottom of the laptop and then remove the wireless card and the hard-drive and dvd drive and one screw typically holds this in place.
Check all the ribbon cables and be careful of the clips that attach them and the keyboard ribbon. You should find screws under keyboard and sometimes in the dvd area once it's removed. Once the screen wires which include the camera, wifi and screen cable is disconnected and unrouted, the screen screws can usually be removed and the screen placed to one side so we can get at the motherboard if everything else looks okay.
Once making sure all the screws are out and all cables and connectors are unclipped typically under the keyboard area there are several. If one is unsure, take pics along the way.
Take a credit card and pry the top layer or mousepad and keyboard surround area beginning at the back and rear side edge to seperate the two pieces. If you find any amount of tension, check for screws that you may have missed.
Once the top layer is off you have access to the motherboard, check the connections especially where the power comes in, Some are on a cable, others are on the motherboard or a small side board. Typically the power connector is the issue but a bad power button or cable/ribbon perhaps a connector just unclipped itself to this.
To end, there are signs of little burning components one can look for, or water damage can be fixed with a toothbrush and some patience.
Sometimes it's like uncovering a dinosaur, I feel like I'm an archaelogist at times when Im working on a water-damaged Macbook Pro or something.
There are small fuses on a motherboard they are very tiny but not the tiniest of the microcircuitry. It looks confusing but if you take it easy and look closely at the board it has letters and numbers next to each piece indicating if it's (correct me if Im wrong please) L for a coil, R is Resistor, C Capacitor and F= Fuse. Not many people mention this so I thought I would There are Fuses on most motherboard (Laptops I speak of, and they are typically blue or green and again not as tiny as the tiniest of the components. Every part of the motherboard can be tested with a tester a VOM Voltage Ohm Meter. the measurement of Ohms is how much resistance is in the circuit. A fuse will have no resistance and if you get the meter that beeps when on Ohms you don't have to look at the meter to see whether the circuit is open (no beep or burnt fuse) or closed.
Diodes allow flow in one direction but not the other, and basically transistors can be tested in the same manner with consideration that the component, while tested within the circuitry may give you a false reading. it's always best to have the part out of the circuit to test it properly but that would be impossible.
If I found a bad fuse I would simply solder over it. You cant do that to a bad capacitor or resistor but perhaps with small enough tools you can attach a wire to each side of the bad part and then attach these wires to a new microcircuitry part.
This is a bit detailed and not for ,most people. This is what you pay for when you bring your laptop to a reputable person. you can find people on local sites such as Kijiji but always beware of scammers. If you know where they live it's less likely for someone to drive away with your laptop never to be heard from again.
There are videos on youtube that can help you if you are interested in learning this stuff and to fix all your machines perhaps ,most I guess would be more appropriate.
Take pictures along the way if things look confusing. Take notes and put screws and stuff in a small container.I typically have spare parts and can connect a motherboard to it's screen and power it up without any casing./
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