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Gateway M-6750 Motherboard Power Short

Joe, I can definitely confirm this is a serious problem with Gateway's m6750 laptops, a friend of mine purchased a unit about 1.5 years ago,
and had me install software and updates right afterward. After an hour
or so working on the laptop, the unit just cut power in the middle of
working on windows updates. Moving the laptop, I immediately noticed metallic rattling inside the laptop's chassis, disassembled the cover for the ram memory access, and extracted 3-5 little metal pieces, which greatly
confused me as to what they did. They probably caused a short on the
motherboard as you also suspect, so my friend took it to Best Buy, where
he had also purchased an extended service plan (thank goodness) with the laptop, and had it serviced. However, as my friend described what
I had experienced with the laptop to the Best Buy geek squad agent,
they idiotically placed blame on me, and took a month to service the
motherboard fault. Now, months later, my friend is experiencing a
reccurence of the problem. I do not have anything against Gateways,
but in my past experience with their desktops at school, they historically demonstrate poor build quality with their products.

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    joecoolvette Oct 06, 2012

    Wow, makes me think you're talking to me, lol!

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These little moving pieces tend to fry the motherboard.any rattling noise is a concern...

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Reinstall the software i'm sure problem will removed

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