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Gateway 505GR desktop...failure to start

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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  • Anonymous Oct 22, 2008

    I have the same problem. I took my computer to Best Buy Geek Squad twice. The first time, they got it to start fine and ran a scan. They could not find any issues with the hardware or software. The second time I took it back, they couldn't get it to power up. They tested a new power supply and still could not get it to start. They said it must be an issue with the motherboard and that it would cost around $300-$400 for them to fix it. Their suggestion was to buy a new computer.

  • clancykev May 05, 2009

    I have the exact same problem... Geek squad is an absolute joke and is convinced that viruses are the cause of the problem. I tried to argue that a virus could not stop it from completely allowing the computer to start to boot. This happened right after I installed a windows update, Geek squad diagnosis shows no hardware issues. Has anyone gotten theres to work?

  • clancykev May 05, 2009

    I wanted to clarify that Best Buy determined that the Power Supply was not the issue when they hooked up an alternative power supply the same problem ocurred.

  • clancykev May 11, 2010

    I wanted to clarify that Best Buy used an alternative power supply and it was definitely not the power supply that is causing this issue.

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When the power supply goes bad , that is the sign that it needs to be replaced . I would replace it first .

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