My battery gets hot after 20 minutes. It was purchased in Dec. 2006. I can't find the model online either at Gateway or Best Buy. HELP!
Serial number of battery is GLL3650A1R7 and the battery model # SQU-413. The computer says it comes with an 8-cell battery, but the battery has no mention of what cell it is.
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Unfortunately your battery is probably shot. First though, try to run
the battery down until the laptop dies. Now with the discharged battery,
and the laptop powered off, plug it in and leave it off for a few
hours. Power the laptop back on and check the charge level. Still at
30%? Then the battery is very likely just bad. Unfortunately, the cells in the battery just simply die for a number of reasons, and capacity is lost. This is why most manufactures will only warranty a battery for 1 year.
Take the battery out and write down the model number and the "MAh" or "Ah" number. The MAh number represents the capacity of the battery. The higher this number, the generally longer the laptop runs on battery. Go to http://gateway.shopbysystem.com/gateway-m-7301u-notebook-accessories.html and verify that this is your laptop model. This is a Gateway authorized reseller. Looks like they want $90 for a small battery. Take your battery model number and go to Amazon and look up the battery there. Make sure it's MAh number matches or exceeds what is on your battery. Usually you can get a replacement battery from Amazon for about $20 less than Gateway.
It may be difficult to get Gateway to honor the warranty with the sticker missing. The receipt from when you purchased the laptop may have the serial number on it. If you can find a friends battery and get the computer on for a few minutes, sometimes the serial can be found in the BIOS. Belarc Advisor also can sometimes bring up that information, but you would have to get into windows to do that. How did you find out about the extended warranty?
If you mean by drive the hard drive, any 2.5" laptop hard drive will work. It must be ATA for this model. www.newegg.com is the best place to find computer parts for a good price. I just purchased a seagate 120gb laptop hard drive for this same model computer.
I agree that it could pose a fire hazard if allowed to get too hot. Contact Gateway and ask if they will replace it, especially if your computer is still under warranty. If you're no longer under warranty or if they refuse to replace it for you, new power adapters can be purchased for $30-100, depending on make and model.
the best thing for you to do is purchase a cooling base its a platform with fans in it to blow air through the laptop all the time. these are greast for the newer faster machines they tend to run hot. you will also love the difference it makes in performance
The Geeks can probably fix it for your left arm. Try a small computer shop in your area, they will be much more reasonable. You can check this site for local shops. You can also fix this yourself, it's not too terribly hard. Below are a couple of links that have breakdown diagrams, you might find one for your machine there. Check Ebay for a replacement hinge. http://repair4laptop.org/notebook.html