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Gateway MX6453 or MA3

I've had the same problem with my laptop. Have you figured out how to fix your problem? Two repair guys have told me that I need to replace the motherboard. One even mentioned resoldering the power port, socket, whatever it's called. But for one of his customers, that only fixed the problem for a couple of months! Who knows!!

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  • gcarle Aug 11, 2008

    Gateway MX6453 or MA3, worked OK for a year though was always hot, recently started cutting out/turning off although blue light on ON/OFF button still lit and wireless indicator still lit. Cuts out on battery power and when connected to mains supply. Tried virus scans -all OK, tried tidying up hard drive (defragmenting) just in case.
    Seems to turn off more frequently the longer it is switched ON so I suspect it may be to do with overheating. I would appreciate any advice available concerning this. - Thanks


  • Anonymous Sep 09, 2008

    Mine did the same thing. I took it in and they replaced the motherboard. That was about 6 months ago. It just started doing it again this week. The computer is getting so hot that I have to assume that it is causing the problem

  • mrdgz2000 Nov 17, 2008

    My laptop would no longer turns on. two IT guys, informed me that it was the motherboard and I would have to replace it. A third guy, said it was the video port to the motherboard and had to send it to some CA IT Co and they would replace it. two months later, the laptop is back and has not been fixed. This last local guy, will finally replace the motherboard no other person had been able to fix. Now is it really a motherboard issue. I have paid three guys and I do not even know if it actually is a motherboard issue. Any tips anyone. mrdgz2000

  • darrenlarade Jan 11, 2009

    My Gateway is having the same problem. It may be a loose power input on the back. I was going to replace the power supply but I think that is fine. I also need a new battery as mine only stays charged for 20 minutes.

  • cz2761 Feb 23, 2009

    I turned my MX6453 on, the battery charged to 86% then 1/2 hour later the battery was drained and the laptop shut off. I cannot turn the computer back on. Four red lights flash on the front of the laptop when I press the power button. Any ideas????

  • Plauge101 Feb 09, 2010

    i recently recived a free ma3 myself i was told milk was spilt on it and it was spilt on the side of the power button pretty much right in the spot of the power button, it no longer turns on period, the local pc guy said motherboard. but i just wanted some second opinions and after reading most of this maybe it is the MB :*(

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Because the power jack is soldered directly to the motherboard, side to side stress on the plug over time damages more than the solder joint, it also loosens the little copper sleeve that lines the hole in the motherboard. Simply resoldering the joint only cures the problem for a month or so. You must remove the plug, wrap and then solder a thin piece of wire clipped from a small resisitor lead to the base of the center pin connector leg (the one to the back of the jack) and pull through the board with the leg. Then the extra wire is bent over like a hook and coiled around the spot -- squashed flat. then the coiled extra wire acts as an added anchor when soldered (hooking the power jack connector to the board.) this joint will survive like or even better than new. Not doing this added step gaurantees you joint repair will fail not long after it is made.

Posted on May 17, 2010

  • Walking Bear Mar 29, 2014

    Some posters discredit this board, but you can access both memory and CPU from the same door. I know of no other laptop - and I've worked on many - that allows you to swap CPU's just buy popping the memory door hatch.

  • Walking Bear Mar 29, 2014

    The problem is many manufacturers solder the power jack directly to the motherboard, like the USB and all the other connecters. Toshiba uses a short cable to connect the the powerjack to a connecter on the board. Toshiba powerjacks break just like all the others, but it's easy to unplug and replace as nothing is damaged on the board itself.

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My MX6453 has been having the same problem with the power cord. I had to pull the cord and place my laptop on it to get power to it eventually that stopped working now I have a clamp on the power cord pressing it into the socket.
Oh and my battery lasts only 30 min.

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I had a Gateway MA3 with a loose power connection, and I sent it to Comprehensive Computing in Virginia. They did DC jack repair on it for about $100. I guess they soldered a new power jack on it. Anyway, it's running great now...good as new! Here's a link to their web site: http://comprehensivecomputing.net/laptop_power_jack_repair.htm if you want to check it out.

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Overheating issues are a major cause of laptop motherboard failure. The thing is that once you start getting symptoms of overheating such as laptop shutting down or blue screens of death you need to do some maintenance. Main thing to check is to make sure your fan is working properly. Take some compressed air and blow out the fan and vents. Over time lint and other things build up and block them from proper ventilation.
Also have someone check the cpu and heatsink contact area. If these do
not do it then check these guys out they can help. www.orangecountycomputerexperts.com

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I've been having a the same problem for a while now. From what I can figure out, it's one of two problems:

1. the power converter (power cord) is worn out. The connector on this device has a little wire which, when placed in the power jack of the laptop, provides power to the computer. This part can wear out from use and heat, causing that metal wire to bend and lose connection with the power jack. The other possiblity is;
2. the power jack, which connects your power cord to the motherboard, is fried and needs to be replaced. Due to overheating, this is a fairly common problem. Unfortunately, it only seems to become more frequent with the age of the laptop.

Both of these are fairly common problems with all laptops (not just the MX6453 or MA3. It is possibly one of the most frustrating things about laptops and reason enough to switch over to apple (which uses a system of magnets to hold the powercord to the power jack). Excuse the venting but having your laptops consistantly fail after exactly 3 years is a little frustrating

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I HAVE GATEWAY MA3 LAPTOP .IT IS POWER ON BUT NO DISPLAY PLS GIVE ME A SOLUTION FOR THIS PROBLEM

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HELLO HERE IS YOUR SOLUTION TO THE ABOVE PROBLEM, IT IS WAY MORE CHEAPER TO BUY A NEW LAPTOP THEN TO FIX YOUR GATEWAY, I HAD SAME PROBLEMS WITH IT, THE MA3 AND THE MA7 WAS ONLY INTENDED TO LAST YOU 9 MONTHS WHEN THEY WERE BUILT.. I JUST RECENTLY WENT THROUGH 15 MOTHER BOARDS FOR A MA3,, AND THATS THAT THE MONITER WAS BRAND NEW. AND ALL THE BOARDS I TRYED WERE BRAND NEW, THEY ALL SHORTED OUT. I PAID 150.00 FOR EACH MOTHER BOARD. JUST THINK WITH 150.00 YOU COULD BUY A GOOD USED LAPTOP , BUT I RECOMMEND THAT YOU STAY AWAY FROM GATEWAY. THE WEBMASTER.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009

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    Well, if this guy is the master of the entire web, he definately knows what he is talking about.

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Check out this link :
http://www.lapfix.com/DC%20JACK%20Repair%20-%20$99%20Flat%20Rate_laptop_repairs_17.html

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There are three possibilities.
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  2. Because of arcing and heating at the bad DC jack connections, the motherboard may have been damaged enough that it can't be repaired.
  3. They have checked over the board and found no damage to the power jack, but it still isn't charging. This would mean other problems on the board that they can't troubleshoot and repair. This is no reflection on the center. Only the board manufacturer has all the service information and specialized tool do in-depth repairs.
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  2. Let the shop replace the motherboard. If this is not an official Gateway service center but an independent, they don't have to get the board from Gateway at full price. There are several online sources of boards that could keep the cost down.

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