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506GR motherboard battery

I am not computer savvy... What does the battery look like?

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Looks like a large watch battery, it will either be in a holder flat on the board or standing sideways, some are soldered to the board if it dont look like it will pop out it is soldered and dont break anything trying to remove it.

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Can i replace the audio chip?

No, at least I wouldn't recommend it.

Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit.

The mounting of an audio chip uses a style of surface mount.
Ball Grid Array.

Referring back to the older Processor's, they used pins on the bottom.
These pins mated up to socket holes in the processor socket.

With a BGA surface mount there are no pins.
Solder balls take the place of the pins.
The motherboard has matching copper pads for mating the solder balls.

The chip is set correctly in place on top of the copper pads, and the chip is then properly heated until the solder balls melt, and solder the chip to the copper pads.

It would be Much easier to just install a Sound Card.
The Sound Card can be installed in any available PCI or PCI-E x1 slot.

Gateway 506GR motherboard,

Click on Components in the list.
On this page scroll down to the Motherboard heading, and click on -
102007 - Intel (Ausberg) No CPU Motherboard R0

Now click on - Specifications

To the right of the Add-n Cards heading we can see,

1) The motherboard has two PCI expansion slots. {Two PCI Conventional bus connectors)
These expansion slots are White in color.

2) One PCI-Express x1 slot.
(One PCI Express x1 bus add-in card connector)

View of Gateway Intel (Ausberg) motherboard used in a Gateway 506GR desktop computer,

Scroll down towards the bottom of the page, and view the motherboard photo, and matching chart underneath.

Z1 points to the two long White PCI slots.
Z points to the shorter Black PCI-E x1 slot.

When the Sound Card is installed one of the expansion slot covers will have to be removed.
(Expansion slot area is shown as D in this rear view, )

You may want to just use a Sound Card, that has basically the same specifications as the OnBoard audio you had before, (Integrated Audio), or you may wish to upgrade your sound system a bit with a better Sound Card, and be able to use satellite speakers, and a woofer.

To be continued in a Comment.

May 10, 2011 | Gateway 506GR PC Desktop

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No, the battery is fine.

Click Start
Click Control Panel
Click Power Options
Change the number of minutes before it enters power-saving mode.
Click OK

Dec 24, 2010 | Gateway 506GR PC Desktop

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Is there a video controller driver for the 506GR model when running windows 7? the gateway web site does not support.

The 506GR has an old Intel (Augsburg) motherboard, and onboard video. The hardware is from 2005, and has no support for Windows 7. Unfortunately, you will need to upgrade.

Jan 05, 2010 | Gateway 506GR PC Desktop

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Won't stay on

May be your motherboard. Uninstall your ram memory units and see what it does. Their under the laptop behind small cover that you need to unscrew. If not very tech savvy, then i suggest taking it to the nearest (and chapest) computer shop for diagnostic.

Sep 09, 2009 | Dell Inspiron 1520 Motherboard

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Gateway 506GR Front Panel

did you replace the motherboard? if you did with a non gateway replacement there is a good chance you will have to re-wire the buttons.

if not, just look for an oddly shaped "gateway" plug that plugs into the receiving socket on the MB. If you dont own a multi meter and soldering iron now is a good time to invest. also get some wire strippers and cutters.

Aug 24, 2009 | Gateway 506GR PC Desktop

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Gateway 506GR motherboard configuration

Item Description Item Description A Rear Panel I/O Ports M Front Chassis Fan Connector B Auxiliary 12-V ATX Connector N Serial ATA Interfaces C CPU Socket O Front Panel Header D CPU Fan Header P Front USB Connector E Memory Slots Q Front USB Connector F Standby Power Indicator LED R Front Panel IEEE-1394a Connectors G Floppy Disk Drive Connector S Speaker H ATX Power Connector T PCI Express x1 Connector I Parallel ATA IDE Interface U Front Panel Audio Connector J Battery V PCI Slots K Intrusion Switch Header W Rear Chassis Fan Connector L BIOS Configuration Jumper

Aug 21, 2009 | Gateway 506GR PC Desktop

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Will Kingston Kingston KVR400AK2/2GR memory work in 506GR

your computer should always know when there is new hardware

Dec 22, 2008 | Gateway 506GR PC Desktop

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Gateway desktop 506gr power issue narrowed down?

That was pretty unclear.  Is there a kind of burning symptom that suggests a short to you?  It seems to me that what happened is that either there was a power outage and your system thus shut down...all you'd have to to would be hit the computer's power button to turn it back on...or a fan somewhere died and therefore the system won't power up until you replace or repair that.  At least get a vacuum in there and brush out the dust so you can work.

What happened when you got a simplified system that 'worked'?  Was the power supply's fan spinning, at least?  What's the green light on, anyhow?

Jul 31, 2008 | Gateway 506GR PC Desktop

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Computer won't turn on

pull the battery out of you motherboard it will reset your bios leave the battery out for a couple minutes then when you put it back in boot up and it should go into bios use your arrows to select set defaults hit enter then reboot it should boot up then if not its possible you have a hard drive issue.

Jan 03, 2008 | Gateway 506GR PC Desktop

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