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Computer won't turn on

My computer had a power outage and now the computer won't turn on. I was told that he was probably my power supply was bad, so I went the Cheap Guys and purchased another power supply and put it in. The light on the computer turns on but nothing else does. The light didn't come on before with the other power supply only with the new one. Please help. Thanks.

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  • cwub9 Apr 24, 2008

    I had the exact same thing happen to my gateway, had the graphics card replaced and it ran fine for 3 months and then same thing, shop says possible morherboard problem?

  • noldy Jun 04, 2008




    just upgraded my memory and my desktop gateway 500 S won't start


  • wecru Dec 07, 2008

    turn the system off to go out of town, turn it on but no boot disk shown. looked in back and power supply wasn't turning replaced the supply and now want turn on.

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Pull the battery out of you motherboard it will reset your bios leave the battery out for a couple minutes then when you put it back in boot up and it should go into bios use your arrows to select set defaults hit enter then reboot it should boot up then if not its possible you have a hard drive issue.

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Looks like my computer will start when i press the buttton but then it fails

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I had a an outside breaker blow while my Gateway 506gr was on. Once power was restored all I could get was the colling fans powered on. Had a blank screen and no sounds of the comp trying to rebbot. I did just as James suggested, pulling the battery from the motherboard and re-inserting it after a couple of minutes. The comp was perfect upon restart, I didn't have to do anything further to it, thanks!

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