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Had a power surge... a of my external harddrives work; however, can't get either computer to power on... Gateway GT5654 or my wife's Gateway GT5408.. on my wife's motherboard, there is a green light... don't see one on the GT5654

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You can get a powr supply for this, but if the surge went passed that and smoked the motherboard then your going to need to replace that as well but a new poer supply should shore this up and you can get them from, you be glad you did!

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Gateway dx300 hard drive

Gateway DX300 Desktop PC is a series.

Could be a Gateway DX300MC, or DX300QS, or DX300S, or DX300X,

Fortunately all models in the series use a SATA harddrive.

[ Gateway DX300X Desktop PC used as an example,

In the list click on - Components
On this page scroll down to the bold subheading - Harddrives

All models came with a Western Digital harddrive, but it doesn't matter what the harddrive manufacturer is, that you use ]

What size in GB amount? Depends on what you want. I myself wouldn't go more than 320GB.
That is because your anti-virus program has to sift through the harddrive.

The larger the harddrive, the longer it takes.

For more capacity, I would install a 1TB harddrive into an external enclosure, and use it connected to the computer, with it's USB cable.
(It will also come with an additional external power supply)

But that is just me.

Bear in mind that a new harddrive has no Operating System on it.
You have to purchase a genuine copy of Windows, and install it.
(This is if your harddrive presently on that Gateway is bad)

[ Microsoft makes one Master disk. From it all GENUINE copies are made, and sold to the consumer ]


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My gateway gt5408 says a problem with the hard drive has been detected

Either the hard drive is going to stop working or the controller for it (which is on the motherboard) start by replacing the hard drive.

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I have a Gateway GT5654 desktop that won't stop shutting down. I bought the computer brand new about 3 years ago, and I've never had any problems until now (I've even been running Norton 360...

it is possible that one of the three are going out on the computer, motherboard, harddrive, power supply, only a computer tech could tell which one.

Sep 21, 2011 | Gateway GT5654 Desktop PC

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Need a new motherboard for my gateway model gt5408

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Nov 02, 2010 | Gateway GT5408 PC Desktop

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We experienced a power outage today, our Gateway GT5408 was in Stand-by mode when it happened. After our power was restored, our computer will turn on with the cooling fans running and the leds light up,...

It could be the monitor died or the monitor cable is loose at one of the ends ( check both ends are connected and tight ).
try another monitor or if you have a newer TV with a vga monitor connector try your TV. (you will need to change the TV input to computer or to VGA )

Sep 09, 2010 | Gateway GT5408 PC Desktop

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My computer

1) The plastic panel on the front of your computer, is referred to as the Front Panel. (Some manufacturers deem it the Front Bezel)

The cables (Wires) from the Front Panel, connect to a Front Panel header on the motherboard.
A series of pins that stick up out of the motherboard.

The Front Panel header may be separated into two headers.

For most motherboards the Power On switch wires, Power On LED light wires, HarDDrive activity light wires, and Reset switch (If used) wires, usually go to just one of the Front Panel headers.

(If it is the style where two separate FRT PNL headers are used)

You have to locate the wires coming from the Power On switch, and see what pins they go to, on the Front Panel header of the motherboard.

Sometimes the Front Panel wires end in just one connector.
Sometimes these wires are separate, and each one plugs onto a separate pin, in the Front Panel header.

IF, the wires are separate, carefully remove the two wires terminal ends from the pins on the Front Panel header.

[POWER UNPLUGGED from computer. When you are ready to jump the Power On pins with a screwdriver, then plug the computer back into power]

Touch a metal flat tipped screwdriver, that the blade tip is just large enough to touch those two pins, (AND just those two pins), for the Power On switch.

(Inside the plastic Power On button, is a Power On switch.

This is a generic Power On switch for an example, )

The contact you will make with the flat tipped metal screwdriver, will be a brief one. The Power On switch is a Momentary Contact Switch.

There will be a tiny spark. Hold the screwdriver by the insulated handle.
The Voltage is 5 Volts. (DC)
Two C cell flashlight batteries produce 3 Volts. (DC)

I want to show you a generic example of a Front Panel header.
The example I'm going to use is in a Gateway GT5408 desktop computer.

The white block with pins sticking up is Front Panel header.
Looking all the way to the right of this white block, and under the bottom right corner, you will see the number 2.

This designates that the number 2 pin, is all the way to the right, and bottom.

The bottom row of pins going across are numbered Evenly.
The top row of pins are number Odd.

The top row of pins are numbered 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9, and they start from the Right side, with the number 1 pin..

The bottom row of pins are numbered 2, 4, 6, and 8.
There is No pin 10. These pins also start from the Right side.

In the chart you will see that Pin 6 and Pin 8 are for the Power On switch.

That's the last two pins all the way to the Left, on the bottom row.

If your computer was a Gateway GT5408, these are the two pins you would briefly touch, with that flat tipped screwdriver.

If the wires that come from the Front Panel, (and it is the wires that contain the Power On switch wires), ends in a single block style connector, remove it from the pins.

Just ease the connector straight up, and off.
Now touch the two Power On pins with the screwdriver.

If I knew the computer manufacturer name, and Model Number of the computer in question, I MAY be able to give you a link, showing Exactly what pins to touch in the Front Panel header.

Barring that you jump the two Power On pins with a flat tipped screwdriver, and the computer does not come on;

I would advise using a jumper wire to bypass the Power On switch, to see if the problem is indeed the switch, or the Power Supply.

If the computer comes on (Power Supply starts), the problem is the Power On switch.
If the computer does not come on, the problem is the Power Supply.

This procedure has nothing to do with the actual Power On switch, or the Power On pins in the Front Panel.

You will be using a jumper wire on the 20, or 24-pin ATX main power cable connector.

(Again, I don't know what computer you're referencing to here. The computer could have a 20-pin ATX main power cable, or a 24-pin ATX main power cable)

This is an example of a 20-pin ATX main power cable, and it's respective connector,

The jumper wire is bent into a U-shape. It touches the green Soft Power On wire, and ANY black Ground wire.

There's more to it than this simple explanation. Should you desire to do this procedure, simply state so in a Comment. (Believe upper right of your page)

Lastly you could remove the harddrive out of your computer, place it in an external enclosure, and plug the external enclosure's USB plug, into any USB port on an available working computer.

This way you could retrieve your financial information, etc. now, and fix your computer when appropriate for you.

An external enclosure is a case that opens into two halves, generally.
The Harddrive plugs into an interface located with the enclosure.
(Interface. Simple explanation - Connector)

The enclosure is closed back up, and it's USB cable is plugged into an available working computer's USB port.
(Any open available USB port. Doesn't matter which one)

Again, I don't know what computer you have, so I don't know if it has an IDE Harddrive, or a SATA harddrive.

One example of a decent external enclosure, used for a 3.5 inch wide IDE harddrive,

(Laptop harddrive's are 2.5 inches wide. Desktop harddrives are 3.5 inches wide. 3 and a half inches)

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Does the Gateway GT5654 Desktop PC have an audio input jack? if so, where?

yes, on the back of the computer usually a light blue input port. the are labeled with an icon with the arrow pointing inward on the icon.

May 02, 2010 | Gateway GT5654 Desktop PC

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When turn on harddrive it is stuck in start up repair and want let me cancel why is that...the back screen is black and says gateway please wait

Try start up in Safe Mode press F8. Choose Safe Mode, when at the choice window, to select either Safe Mode Desktop, OR System Restore, chooses system restore and choose a time before you had the "Problem" and follow instructions. This should get you back.

Feb 21, 2010 | Gateway GT5408 PC Desktop

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Reinstalled windows but lost gateway files

as of 1/10/2010, the driver download page for the Gateway GT5654 is:

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