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My Gateway KAV60 got liquid damage in the system board. While looking online for a new motherboard I couldn't help notice both Acer and eMachines also have a model KAV60 netbook that both look exactly like mine with almost identical specs. Is this the same computer with different labels?

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It's a very good possibility. Most the motherboards are mass produced by a few companies. They just make a few alterations for different brands, models and configurations. Your only major concerns would be if the back plate would match and wether or not you have a proprietary power supply. If your power supply has a standard 20 or 24 pin configuration it should work.

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  • MooseNC Oct 21, 2010

    Ignore the comment by jonesspammai, he is refering to a desktop motherboard whereas you are referring to a netbook. Yes, from what I've seen and been told, (Had to get a screen for one of the Acer KAV60s) these are the same netbooks, just rebranded for some odd reason.

  • fjay79 Feb 09, 2011

    It is most likely that the Gateway KAV60 are the same as E-Machines, Packard Bell or Acer KAV60 motherboards as they are all owned by Acer Inc.

    See the wiki link :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gateway,_In...

    I would ensure that the boards have the same mounting screw holes and that the ports match otherwise you may have to alter your netbook chassis to get the thing to fit.

    Note also that the bios chip will be programmed differently and so you should use the updates from the site your motherboard brand is from eg if using an acer mainboard use the firmware from that website - although it may be possible to cross-flash the chip with the Gateway firmware, its best to use the firmware of your bios chip manufacturer to avoid bricking the bios chip.

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