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My gateway 500xl won't power on

I changed the power switch on my gateway 500xl because it wouldn't power on but it's still not powering up with a new switch,yet when I depress the test switch the fan turns on. What could be wrong?

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The first thing I would try is connecting a new power supply. If you can borrow one from a friend/neighbor/family member/whatever that would be the easiest/cheapest thing to try first. Also make sure all the wires are connected to the right places and securely connected.

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