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Gateway 510XL won't boot up

Hi - I just received a Gateway 510XL tower s/n1098504400. When I try to boot it up, the hd led comes on for a short time but there is a flashing red led on the motherboard - I let it flash for over 50 times (no pauses) before powering it off. It will repeat the scenario each time I try to power it on. The power supply 5V and 12V check OK with a digital meter. CPU and power supply fans are running. I tried a different set of RAM and no change. It has a SATA hd and I don't have another PC to check the drive in.

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If the PC wont even show the POST and there's no way you can get in the BISO setup, better try resetting the BIOS of that tower you can find the the steps how to manually do it on the manual its called "jumper settings" to bring the BIOS to its default settings because sometimes incorrect settinsg on BIOS can be a cause of that.
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If something pops up on the monitor, it's probably a drive problem, maybe there is no O/S, if nothing pops up on the monitor, there is a BIOS error or another hardware error.

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    Is the computer working or not give some more details of the problem you are facing, so that the correct solution can be provided.

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