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Motherboard problem I have a gateway gt series 5220 computer the problem is that when I push the front pannel switch to turn the computer on the things that will turn on is the dvd-cd rom and the fans only. The hard drive won't turn on and I do not heard the bip and there is no monitor signal. I change the power supply and still won't work The motherboars is a NVIDIA geforce 6150 am2 ubtx 1394 and the proccessor is an amd athlon 64 x2 38800

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  • dia12345 May 09, 2008

    Thank you for you help

  • Anonymous Jan 13, 2009

    I was working on a client's computer yesterday that exhibited this symptom. No BIOS beep and no HDD activity. However, the power comes on and the fans in the chasis operate. The CPU needs to be replaced. May not be worth the time and aggrevation to replace the CPU with another AMD chip.

  • edved10062 Jan 13, 2009

    If you replaced with a different CPU, which one did you use? I'm having this same issue too and I'd like to try and determine if I need a new motherboard/CPU or both.

  • wolfetrain Mar 19, 2009

    HI. My brother has the same problem with his gateway gt 5220. Motherboard is fried. Anyone know where I can get a new motherboard?


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If you are getting no beeps then this would usually indicate the motherboard is fried. If you have a test video card that you can put into the machine I would try that and seeing if you get a signal then. If you still don't get anything and you want to look at getting it fixed I would take it someplace to have at least a diagnostic run on it. Some places will do a test of the video card for you at no cost.

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Replace the CPU with another, compatible, AMD chip.

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I experienced a similar problem. I have a pci diagnostic card that I used to check the motherboard for post codes. It stopped at FF. This indicates it is the CPU. I do not have an AMD Athlon XP X2 to swap with but even so, the motherboard could be bad as well.

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