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Hi i have a gateway MX8715 note bk i am having a problem w/ the power connector> the note does not get any power when hooked up to an outlet. the battery cannot recharge there fore icannot log on pls help

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My gateway computer, 3 years old, doesnt turn on, no blue light, nothing happens?

test your outlet first, if you don't have, or can't use, a multimeter, plug a light into the same outlet and ensure it turns on.

Did you change any hardware recently? If so, remove the hardware and see if the computer powers up in the original configuration. Some newer or aftermarket hardware requires more power.

If you do not know how to use a multimeter you can buy a test light for a couple of dollars from any automotive store, hook the clamp to the chassis of your computer (the metal part) then put the probe itself into one of the drive power connectors on the yellow wire, the light should turn on, now put it in the connector with the red wire, the light should turn on but be dimmer than the yellow wire. If the light fails to turn on for either you will need a new power supply.

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Gateway lx6810 dead


The humming sound is coming from the Power Supply. This is because the small internal Fan is stuck, or a small transformer inside the Power Supply.

It is a direct indication the Power Supply, has gone with the great cowboy spirit in the sky.
Bad Power Supply.

Gateway Support > Gateway LX6810-01 Desktop PC > Main Support page,

Main Support page > Support Documents,

Click on Specifications. Scroll down.
Power Supply -> 400 or 500 Watt

Go back to the Support Documents page.
Click on -> User Guides

Click on -> 8513217 - Gateway Hardware Reference Guide
This is a PDF file. Ignore the following if you are aware;

1) May take up to 30 seconds after you click, for the first page to come up. The file is downloading in the background, and the first page will not come up until the file is fully downloaded.

2) I use Adobe Reader X {10}
If your Adobe Reader is older than this, I suggest you go to Adobe Reader Support, and download the latest version.
(Faster, smoother, and has features to block spyware from using Adobe Reader)

3) At the top of the PDF file is the PDF file page number box.
It is to the right of the Down Arrow.
If I refer to a page number, it will be in this box.
(In otherwords not the actual manual page, but the PDF file page)

If you know the page you want, you can use the Down Arrow to go page by page,
1) Put your mouse cursor in the PDF file page number box.
Left-click once.
(Everything in the PDF file page number box will now be highlighted in Blue)

2) Type the page number you want.
3) Press the Enter key.

You can also use the Bookmarks menu to the left.

The Zoom In icon ( + ) at the top of the PDF file, increases the view size when you click on it.
The Zoom Out icon ( - ) decreases the view size.

Primer over.

In the Bookmarks menu to the left, click on the + sign next to -
Upgrading Your Computer. Now click Right On -
Opening the case

Or go to Page 45.

BEFORE doing so;
Unplug your computer from power
Follow Anti-Static Precautions

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit), the delicate hardware components inside a computer.
Relieve your body of Static.

Computer on a table, computer unplugged from power, computer case open.
TOUCH an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of the open computer case.
This action will relieve your body of Static.

IF you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, be SURE to Touch the metal frame again upon your return.

Now open the computer case.

Facing the computer you have removed the left Side Panel.
Looking at the computer with the Side Panel removed, the Power Supply is at the back, and Top.

Now in the Bookmarks menu, click Right On -
Replacing the Power Supply. Page 58.

UNPLUG the power cables from the Power Supply, going to the;

A) Motherboard ( There are two power cables. Will detail later)
B) Optical Drive/s (CD/DVD drive)
C) Harddrive
D) MAY be a power cable going to the computer case fan/s.

This is a top view of the motherboard, with no hardware components mounted, or power cables. (Hardware components such as Processor, Ram Memory modules, etc)

1) Looking at the photo, look at the Blue ram memory slots, and the Yellow ram memory slots. Look to the right at the yellowish connector, that has two columns of 12 socket holes.

That is a 24-pin ATX main power cable's connector, on the motherboard.
This is a general example of a 24-pin ATX main power cable, and it's respective connector on the motherboard,

Note the Lock on the side of the power cable's connector, looking at the middle photo, and the photo to the right.
The Lock has a hooked end on the bottom of it, that hooks over a Lock Tab on the motherboard connector.

The Lock works like a see-saw on a playground.
The top is squeezed in, and held in. This action brings the hooked end of the Lock, away from the Lock Tab on the motherboard connector.
Now the power cable can be removed.

ONLY use the connector, and NOT the wires.
Gently wiggle the connector, and pull up. (Lock squeezed in the whole time)

2) Looking at the motherboard photo again, look to the Upper Left corner.
Note the yellowish square 4-socket hole connector.
This is where the 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable plugs in.
General example,

Note that this power cable also has a Lock, just like the above power cable.
ONLY plugs in, in one direction.

3) Optical Drive:
Specifications does not state exactly what type of Optical Drive/s are used.
They may use a 4-pin Peripheral power cable like this,

Or this,

The 4-pin Peripheral power cable is used for an IDE (PATA) type of optical drive.

[This power cable has commonly been misnomered, as a 'Molex' power cable. Molex was the first to design that type of connector. The name stuck, kind of like calling an open-end adjustable wrench, a 'Crescent' wrench ]

The SATA power cable is used for a SATA type of optical drive.

[Note that a SATA power cable's connector, is longer than a SATA data cable's connector. SATA power cable connector has 15-pins. SATA data cable's connector has 7-pins ]

At the Top/Middle, or Bottom/Middle of the SATA connector, is a Lock you squeeze down on. (Thumb)
This action brings a hooked end down away from the tab, on the device the power cable is going into.
Then the SATA power cable can be removed by it's connector.

4) The Harddrive is a SATA type of unit. Uses a SATA power cable.

All power cables unplugged, gently thread them around, so you can guide them through the hole in the computer case, when you go to remove the Power Supply.

Four Philips head screws to remove from the Back of the Power Supply.
(Top/Back of computer case)

May be a screw with a tabbed piece of metal, on the inside/top of the front of the Power Supply, that holds it in also.

Or may be a metal slide type of locking device.
Or plastic.
Or nothing, as indicated by the manual.

What type of Power Supply does it use?
An -> ATX
ATX is the Form Factor.

Approximately 6 Inches Wide (152.39mm), 5.5 Inches Long, (5-1/2 inches, or 139.7mm ), and 3-1/2 Inches Tall. (88.89mm)

Has the above power cables you'll need, plus extra 4-pin Peripheral power cables, and other not needed power cables.

This is an example of one that will work,

This particular Power Supply has a modular design for the power cables.
You just plug the power cables you need, into the Power Supply.
(And then to the motherboard, optical drive/s, and harddrive)

This way you do not have unneeded power cables in the way, that you have to tie up out of the way.

Basic guides on replacing a Desktop PC power supply,


HP computer, not Gateway. Scroll down a little, watch the video.
Your Power Supply may mount differently in the front.
Just a basic guide.


(Yes. You can disconnect the cables from the back of the computer, and lay it on it's side. A static-free, soft towel is recommended on the table. Helps prevent scratching of the computer case, and tabletop.

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{ Power to the motherboard, and all components connected to it }

C) 2 or more -> SATA power cables,

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D) 3 or more -> Standard 4-pin Peripheral power cables,

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E) Two or more Small 4-pin Peripheral power cables,

{ Listed as a Floppy Drive power cable. Back in the day when the article was written, such was true.
It can still be used for a Floppy Drive, but is more used now as a power cable for a;
1) Card Reader.
2) Computer case fans (IF needed }

It's name is Small 4-pin Peripheral power cable. It is smaller than it's larger cousin, the Standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable.

Also has smaller gauge of wiring. This means it cannot carry the same amperage, as the standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable.

I would recommend this,

A) 1 -> 20 + 4-pin ATX main power cable.
Can be used as a 20-pin ATX main power cable, or a 24-pin ATX main power cable, which is what you need.

B) 1 -> 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable.

C) 6 -> SATA power cables

D) 4 -> Standard 4-pin Peripheral power cables

E) 1 -> Small 4-pin Peripheral power cables

F) 1 -> 6-pin PCI Express power cable

G) 1 -> 6/8-pin PCI Express power cable.

In the future, (Or now if you have one), you can upgrade to a better graphics card, that needs an additional power cable, IF you wish.
The 6-pin PCI Express power cable.

You also have a 6-pin or 8-pin PCI Express power cable.
(6/8-pin PCI Express power cable)

All the pins can be used together, and make an 8-pin PCI Express power cable, for a very powerful graphics card that requires this cable.

Just added bonuses with today's modern power supply's.

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