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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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Re: Gateway 400 VTX tries to power up then shuts off no...

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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Re: Gateway 400 VTX tries to power up then shuts off no...

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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I have a gateway 400 VTX that powers on to the Bios screen then goes to another screen that says operating system not found. I have tried to load the os cd and it looks like its loadind and says windows is...

Sounds like u need to go into CMOS (System Setup) upon boot & make sure that the HARD DRIVE is the FIRST item in the BOOT ORDER and NOT your CD DRIVE. Also, make sure your Hard Drive shows up in the CMOS. If it does, then note what it says about the hard drive as it boots... If it is a bad hard drive, then nothing will install to it unless it is fixed or replaced.

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M-series gateway (m1629) press start button, nothing

Taken apart, looking for abnormal solder etc checked powers switches decided that this unit was acting like it may have shut down due to excessive heat issue. pulled battery on board, tested ok, re-installed everything and found that this unit now is active. Conclusion: I suspect the bios shut this unit down, hard reset correct this issue.

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Try disconnecting everything from teh system. turn off the system. Take the battery out and unplug the Power cable. Leave it that way for 5 minutes and then hold the Power button for 1 min and then connect the battery to the system only. and try turning it on.

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No power

Sounds like a motherboard issue, BUT first try fixing it with a few basics like:

reseating / swapping the memory

removing the hard drive and then powering up the machine.

Try those two first and then report back.

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You're making me feel old with references to Pentium-IIs... Go here...

...for drivers for a Solo 9300.

Jan 04, 2009 | Gateway SOLO 9300 PII 400 MHZ 128 RAM 6GB...

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Faint black screen

try the power management again if this does not work the try thebrightness of the montior if nothing ele only other thing is that the video card went from being on to long because it over heated you should buy a laptop holder for it to keep it off the table top and this way it gets more air to keep cool

Jul 14, 2008 | Gateway MX3560 Notebook

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If you have the CD Driver of your laptop, try to install your Sound Driver. Just look for the Setup.exe or if it doesnt have a setup.exe and you want to install it manually, go to Control Panel and open Add Hardware, if your computer detected that the sound needs driver showing a critical icon(yellow triangle with exclamation point). Just browse the CD so that the computer will know where to find the sound driver. If you dont have a CD of your sound driver. Go the Gateway site. This is the support download site of Gateway : ----Just complete steps 1-5 and you can download your sound driver.

May 11, 2008 | Gateway SOLO 9300 PII 400 MHZ 128 RAM 6GB...

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The light on the gateway 9300 laptop

Ok then you have problem inside your notebook.What I really want you to do is try to remove cdrom,hdd,ram,and anything externally you can remove.Do it step by step.Like after remove cdrom,try to turn it on to test.Incase you remove everything and still the same problem then you have problem with motherboard.Need to repair it by technician who knows how to repair.

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try check your BIOS.Upon turning ON your laptop, press down the DEL button of your keyboard then check settings of your maybe activated the standby mode by certain time.

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