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Gateway 7330, locker upper

This Gateway 7330 ultimately locks up. I have put in different processor, switched ram bays, stripped down entire unit to check power plug. works fine there. It'll lock up in windows, cmos or anywhere else it chooses. usually in the 3 to 0 minute range???

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Have you updated your BIOS to the most current for your laptop? What diagnostics have you run? Have you defragged your hard drive? These are both solutions and request for clarification. There are a number of solutions but you have to really be specific about your problem.

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How to fix 1-2 beep code on gateway dx4870-ub20p

Most computers come with 2 sticks of RAM. If yours only has one skip to the bottom.
Step 1
Start by reinstalling your RAM memory. Pull the pins on each side then remove the sticks of RAM. They should be in there pretty firm. DONT wiggle them out, just pull straight up. Then put them back in with the pins still "out". They should be firm to go in as well, again DONT wiggle just push straight down. Both the side pins should lock into place on there own once the RAM is back place properly.
Step 2
If this still doesnt solve it, pull both back out and only put one back in. If that doesnt work, put the other one in only. If still not working try the next step
Step 3
Uninstall all Ram sticks and reinstall just one in one of the slots. If that doesnt work install same stick in a different slot. If that doesnt work, use a different RAM Stick.

Nov 20, 2013 | Acer Computers & Internet

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I have the 450rog and it got dropped onto the floor and the screen like died

Check for loose connections first.

Harddrive, Ram Memory. Make sure they are plugged in tightly.

Make sure the Battery is plugged in tight, (AC adapter { Charger} NOT connected)
If it is the version with dual battery's, make sure you check them both.

Past this point it may be a cracked circuit trace on the motherboard, caused by a broken motherboard.
(Circuit Trace. Also known as Signal Trace.
Think, very flat thin copper wires that go all over the motherboard)

[Laptop turned over, Battery facing AWAY from you;
The Memory Bay Compartment is to the far right/middle.

One Philips head screw to loosen, then the compartment door can be raised up on the screw side, and compartment door lifted out.
Note the small tabs on the compartment door, and opposite of the screw side.

Remove the ram memory module { 'Stick' } at a 30 degree angle. When you spread the spring locks on each side, of a ram memory module, and it pops up; THAT is the same angle to remove it.

Bring it straight up when removing, and you will DAMAGE the gold plated contact pins on the bottom of the Ram Memory module, and the contact pins in the bottom of the ram memory slot.

Handle the Ram Memory module by the BODY. The Body is everywhere on the Ram Memory module, except the gold plated contact pins on the bottom.
The Body is coated with a see-through protective plastic.

Refrain from touching the gold plated contact pins.

You HAVE to remove ALL ram memory modules, and reinstall them. This is the only true method to use, to ensure they are seated tightly, and correctly.

Wireless Module Compartment is to the immediate left of the Memory Bay Compartment. Below it is the Harddrive Bay Compartment.
One Philips head screw is removed, and the Harddrive slides out in it's Harddrive caddy. (Slides out of the side of the laptop)
Do so, then carefully slide it back in. Reinstall the screw.

There are options, and one is a second harddrive. If your model has this option make sure it is plugged in tight also, ]

The external VGA monitor you connected to the laptop;
Laptop OFF, monitor OFF, connect it again.
Hold the Fn key down, and at the same time tap once on the F3 key.
(F3 key is the Display Toggle-Over key)

No display on external VGA monitor? Hold the Fn key down again, and tap once more on the F3 key.

Still bad?

Problem is internal.
Use an ESD wrist strap, and have it's alligator clip attached to a good ground source. (Electro Static Discharge)
One example of an ESD wrist strap,


Make sure the Intel Pentium M processor is seated tightly in it's Socket 479 processor socket,

Note that the single slot type screw is the locking mechanism.
Turn 180 degrees to unlock, make sure the Processor is seated, then turn the screw back 180 degrees to re-lock the Processor in the processor socket.

Make sure the Thermal Cooling Module is seated tightly afterwards,

Since you removed the Thermal Cooling Assembly to see if the Processor was in tightly, the Thermal Paste needs to be replaced.
If a Thermal Pad, peel it off, PROPERLY clean the top of the Processor, and metal plate that sits on it, then Properly apply fresh, new Thermal Paste. Reinstall Thermal Cooling Assembly.

In the link above, and in the large Main view, is shown the Bottom of the motherboard.
(In the two small views shown underneath, the view on the Right is a Top view of the motherboard)

Over to the left/middle you see the black Processor socket.
(Note color does Not matter)

The ATI M7 (Radeon 7500) graphics chipset, is above it,

Left side shows the Top view. Right side shows the Bottom view.
Note the Solder Balls.

The ATI graphics chipset (GPU) is soldered directly to the motherboard, with a BGA surface mount.
Ball Grid Array.

View this small video of a BGA Rework Station, and the BGA surface mount technique,

Scroll down, click on the Red -
Take a few minutes to view the IR 650 demo video

If I had possible damage to the motherboard, or thought that the solder joints holding the ATI M7 graphics chipset to the motherboard were cracked, I would buy a replacement motherboard.

I base this on, because I saw motherboards that were stated to be working, and cost was $30 to $40.

Gateway 450 R.O.G. Service Manual download link (Free), to follow in added Comment.

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Sep 05, 2012 | Gateway 450ROG Notebook

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Computer manuel for gateway DX4860-UB32P

Gateway Support > Gateway DX4860 series of Desktop PC's > Main Support page,

On this page click on the User Guides tab.

(Drivers, BIOS, Applications, Patches, Support Documents, Top Answers, User Guides)

Then on Generic User Guide.

Other than that you may be referring to a MOTHERBOARD MANUAL. Not available, however;

Click on Specifications;

1) All the Processor options listed, use the same processor socket;
the LGA 1155,

2) Motherboard has an Intel H67 motherboard chipset,

C) Ram Memory;
Up to 16GB's of DDR3 Sdram, that operates at a frequency rate ('Speed'), of 1333MegaHertz.

4GB ram memory modules ('Stick') in the four ram memory slots, is 16GB.

However NOT a good idea.

With the Nehalem architecture you NEED to use 3 ram memory modules, (The Sandy Bridge architecture is an evolution of the Nehalem architecture),

From the above,

"The memory controller integrated on Nehalem-based processors, provides three memory channels, i.e., it is capable of accessing three memory modules at the same time, IN PARALLEL, in order to improve performance.

In THEORY triple-channel architecture provides a 50 PERCENT increase of available bandwidth, compared to a dual channel architecture running at the same clock rate."

The above is from Gabriel Torres, author.

From me;
Note the words used, "In THEORY".

From extensive testing by another website, it was found long ago, that dual channel architecture does NOT increase ram memory performance by much.

THEORY was that using two LIKE ram memory modules, would increase ram memory performance up to 30 PERCENT.

From extensive testing, (MANY motherboards, processors, and ram memory modules), and another website, it was found the actual increase is more like ONE to TWO percent.


In otherwords looks good on PAPER.

(Be aware that Gabriel knows it is theory also. That is why it is stated as T-H-E-O-R-Y. Gabriel is VERY INTELLIGENT. The theory stated is from Intel, not Gabriel.
Gabriel, as I do also, knows it is just ON PAPER. Doesn't really work that way in reality)

Read on down through the article from this intelligent person, and you will find out more, about why you should use THREE ram memory modules, in comparison to using FOUR, in all four ram memory module slots.
{ Luv ya Gabriel! You are THE tech! }

D) Graphics: Intel HD Graphics,

Since all of the Intel Core i processors listed, use the Sandy Bridge architecture, the Intel HD Graphics, is HD Graphics 2000,
(DESKTOP processors),

It's just Integrated Graphics, anyway.
(Integrated graphics is also known as OnBoard graphics.
ON the motherBOARD)

There is a PCI-Express x16 expansion slot, however.
A PCI-Express graphics card can be used.

TWO things;
1) I would use a PCI-Express 2.0 graphics card, and not a PCI-Express 2.1, or 3.0 graphics card.

2) The Power Supply is 300 Watts. BETTER, to bump it up to an economical, reliable 600 Watt unit, { It is an ATX unit }, if you are going to use a graphics card.

{ Does indicate 500 Watts full power, but this is FULL power, and may also be another option, than the 300 Watt Non-PFC unit.
A different power supply, option.

It is better to have a power supply, that can put out at LEAST 10 percent more power, than what is needed. Power supply lasts longer as it doesn't have to strain }

Just ONE example,

{Be aware that a computer will ONLY use the power it needs, and NO MORE. Just because you have a 600 Watt power supply, does NOT mean the computer will use 600 Watts all of the time.

Surfing the internet? About 100 Watts.
Playing an intensive game? 600 Watts }

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Jun 15, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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How to replace the motherboard in a Compaq D510 computer

The Compaq D510 desktop computer uses a U-ATX size motherboard that is smaller than the standard ATX size. If the motherboard on your Compaq computer has stopped working or you want to upgrade to a different motherboard with different expansion slots you can open the case and replace the motherboard.

to replace the motherboard, just follow these steps:

  • Double click on the "Smart Cover" icon on the desktop. Enter in the Smart Cover lock code if you have set one up and click on "Unlock" to disengage the hardware lock that prevents the case panel from being opened.

  • 2

    Click on the "Start" button at the bottom toolbar of the desktop and choose "Shut Down." Unplug all of the cables from the back of the computer once it has finished powering down.

  • 3

    Set the Compaq computer case on its side and remove the two screws connected to the top and bottom ends of the case panel. Slide the panel to the left and pull it directly off the case.

  • 4

    Disconnect the SATA cables running from the power supply, drive bays and processor fan to the motherboard. Remove the screws holding any expansion cards you may have previously installed into the AGP ports on the lower right side of the motherboard and then pull the cards out.

  • 5

    Pull back the clamp holding the processor fan on. Pull the fan and then the processor off of the motherboard. Pull off the RAM modules from the motherboard.

  • 6

    Remove the screws holding the motherboard into place and pull the entire motherboard directly out of the case. Check the orientation of the replacement motherboard and make sure the USB ports and AGP expansion card slots are facing towards the back of the case. Lay the new motherboard down into the case onto the mounting screws sticking out of the bottom panel.

  • 7

    Place the processor back into its socket on the motherboard and connect the fan on top. Snap back on the fan clamp. Place the RAM modules back into their slots. Re-connect all of the SATA cables to the drive bays and power supply.

  • 8

    Set the side panel back onto the case and re-connect the case screws. Connect all of the cables into the back of the case and power the computer back on. Wait for the operating system to load to make sure the motherboard is working properly.

  • 9

    Navigate back to the Smart Cover program, enter in the password, and press the "Lock" button.

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