I am typing this on the Gateway GT4010 that I got in the mail today.
I ordered this piece of S*%# because he wouldnt listen to me when I told him not to get another one. As the 1st had failed due to Power Suply going bad & causeing MotherBoard failure. And he "Just Had"
to have another.
I have been all over the net and talked to all kinds of people about thisand this is basicly what Ive concluded. First off Gateway is not going to do a recall. Gateway does not seem to care that the power suplies are defective. Gateway Support is horrible. If you turn on computer & you get a yellow light but no blue light you need a new Motherboard ( that is unless you can fix a board yourself ). If both lights come on but still nothing happens its the Hard Drive But in any case it seems the real problem is the power suply so I would suggest replaceing it before it fries your board. Thats what im going to do before this board goes bad.
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Re: Gateway gt motherboard failure
Yeah that's right. Change/replace the power supply. Yet, you have to test the power supply's conditions if it still works alright. since you are suspecting both motherboard and HDD first. If yellow light comes and no action to the whole machine then that must be something in the motherboard. Before you finally follow your decision to change the power supply, check the motherboard. There are capacitors and examine if it didn't bloat. If it does, just take out the capacitors with exact microfarad and voltage specs or change the whole board. And granting though that the supply is bad, there must be some electric signals that have caused to the mother board which will eventually, at the end of the day, you encounter the same problem with it.
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The fan turning off will be the cause of the PC shutting down. This could be caused by a faulty fan or bad connection to motherboard. 1. try reseating the fans power plug on the motherboard 2. if that doesn't help, try replacing with new fan. 3. if that doesn't work then most likely motherboard problem
Try replacing the hard drive cable. If that doesn't fix the problem, then you may have bad RAM, bad motherboard or a bad power supply. Sounds like a hardware issue and not software. try booting your computer in safe mode since it doesn't load all the device drivers. If it still reboots then you'll have to keep swapping parts and booting up the computer to isolate the problem.
Gateway hasn't had any recalls on it that I know of. maybe it is not the mother board. It might be the hard drive. Hard drives can do that aswell. When I fix a computer the first thing I check is the hard drive. A little bit of advice with computers. Start with the small things first and work Your way up to the big stuff. Hope that helps.
Gateway, Or the "cow computers" require you to update and pay for ALL drivers necessary to keep your computer working. As far as a motherboard is concerned, there is a part number on the board and you can go to many sites to buy a used or new motherboard, but, and this is IMPORTANT, you need to know the type of SOCKET your processor is plugged into. Your processor is made one way, but with different pin configurations.
Your "posts" are messages from other people complaining about Gateway, they're not fix actions. Hopefully this helps. My e-mail email@example.com .
your problem sounds like its the power supply, a bad power supply will some times power the fans but the voltage isnt right to power the pc. you can get a tester for around $15 at a place like radio shack
check the power plug first and see if it is properly plug in and turning on the power button, if does not work, get a new power plug and try as i've said again and if does not work the power system has problem and should be changed.
This problem is video chip related. I have done alot of research on this and found that everyone has the same problem in some form or another. Your best bet is to junk the pc and get a different one, since the motherboard in the pc and the replacements you can get are all prone to the same failure. The best home remedy I have found is a hair dryer on the video chipset as mentioned in one of the above "fixes". Seems to work for a while, not permanent. You may need to repeat if your system goes down again. Also, when your system powers up and your screen looks more green than usual or different than it used to, just apply more heat and pressure. On another note, if anyone has a replacement for this case, GT4010, from a different manufacturer, please let me know. Hope this helps.