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Will not power up

I have a Gateway 9300 laptop but the laptop will not power up even with the ac power supply would like any idea that might help me out to get it working

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    Battery test is good. Green Light displays on the ac adapter. Does not power up with battery in and by itself, or with ac. No lights on the computer display at all. Noticed yesterday that the laptop was difficult to power on. Took several attempts.

    Is there a fuse or power reset button? This is a second owner computer - no manual.

    I checked with a users group - they said to unplug and remove the adapter, remove the battery, then press and hold the power 'on' for 30 seconds. Then replace the battery and plug in the ac adapter, then power 'on'. No success.

    This source said that it sounds like the motherboard.

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If there isn't a light near the power button when you plug in the AC adapter, then you may need a new power button panel, you can buy it on ebay for around $10-$15 if you look around. You have to remove the keyboard first, kind of tricky; there are tabs you have to press down/forward on near the bottom. Then unscrew the middle screw to the power panel and the two screws on either side. Next, just pop it off and remove the ribbon cable by lifting up on the brown latch with a small screwdriver. Just replace the old with the new in reverse order of the disassembly steps.

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Do you have any stattus light or even the light like power on light on your laptop ??

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