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Gateway 450sx no power

Took apart to clean dust out. when I put it back together-nothing. Tookmapart again and checked connections. Still nothing. I do get a yellowish light on the front. with ac plugged in and battery in. Took apart again and noticed modular bay latch broken(one located towards back). There was a little piece that was attached to spring . I pushed it in and it booted up. Put back together and nothing. the piece has come out .

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  • bkhd Jun 19, 2008

    will this keep the computer from power? Only amber light is on in the front. No fans or anything? What is the piece called and where to purchase it

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Needs physical repair. No help without some new parts. The "little piece" latch is necessary. The bay thinks there is a device there and there isn't. The POST (Power On Self Test) program won't allow it to startup if a device is missing.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008

  • Kim Parker
    Kim Parker Jun 20, 2008

    You probably need a new modular bay. The piece that you pushed in that made it boot up is the safety "latch" that is keeping the machine from booting up. Most of the modular bays are soldered into the mother board...time to get some professional help at a shop that does these repairs or buy a new laptop. You really can't just buy the one part. Sorry.

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