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Gateway 400 VTX tries to power up then shuts off no screen activity

I have a Gateway 400 VTX laptop. When I try to turn it on it sounds like it is going to boot up but I don't see anything on the screen and it shuts off.

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First try reseating memory,if still not try another stick,if still no try removeing the cpu and reseating it,this has worked for me many times in the past.

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Bad power supply i would try 1st is it clean too doe sit get hot run a labtop cooler off ebay on it

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