Gateway 505GR possible switch, power supply, and/or motherboard damage due to surge protection failure? Push blue button on face to restart....lights flash and fan tries to start...sounds like cold car attempting to start,.. like the battery turns engine over and over, but the spark doesn't catch and fire up the chariot.
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There are quite a few possibilities here. Do you leave your computer on while you're not home? If so, it's possible the computer overheated. If that happened, most likely you processor is damaged, and will have to be replaced.
There may have been a power surge, which could have damaged the power suppply or the motherboard.
It does nothing when you push the button? There's also a remote chance the switch is merely broken... though I can't say I've ever actually seen that happen.
If it does absolutely nothing, it's most likely the power supply, however. If the motherboard or processor were bad, it would probably beep when you tried to turn it on. Not definitely, but probably.
Could be a virus. I had a similar one, and I had to format harddrive and install windows from scratch (was not recoverable). if you can get logged into windows, go to microsoft and download their free virus protection. if not, go buy a new emachine.
Most surge protection power boards will protect computer equipment from mains spikes and surges. A better and more expensive solution is to use an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). These units provide surge and spike protection and also provide power in the event of mains power failure. Make sure you select an UPS model that meet the power requirements of all your computer equipment that is connected to the UPS with a mains down time of say 1/2 hour to give you time to shut down your computer in an orderly manner.
On HP computers, I believe that this means that the power supply or the motherboard is bad. I assume that the outage was due to the thunderstorm and you may have received a surge. In your manual, there should be diagnostic light codes where they will outline the exact meaning. Again, to the best of my knowledge, this means that there is a bad power supply or a motherboard.
In addition to your power supply, your motherboard was also probably affected by the surge. Most surges do damage beyond the motherboard. The power supply is still supplying power to it, which is why the fan runs and power lights come on, but it probably isn't doing much more then that. You might want to start looking for a motherboard replacement. The best and most inexpensive place is www.tigerdirect.com.
Hello guys, This problem would arise only when the motherboard doesn't work properly. Check with your nearest gateway service center to get your CPU work again. That would be the only thing to be done.
not powering up does not mean the mother board is bad , the power supply going bad is more likely to be the problem . But your tower is considered to be a mini tower ive got the same one that I replaced the mother board on . dont mess up and get the wrong size board , it will not fit!