I too have a Gateway 610xl with video problems - flicking on/off when ever it seems the hard disk drive is accessed (draw on power supply?). Just recently I replaced the power supply with ver 01 but to no avail - the problem continues. My next options are 1) to try to connect an external monitor (as suggested earlier on FixYa), 2) replace video components with parts from Skyline Engineering, 3) try to reduce the load on the power supply (disconnect sound?) 4) try an external much larger power supply, 5)send it to Gateway for repair, 6) get a new system. Any ideas and suggestions would be appreciated.
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If the issue was the video card then there would be no display. If there was any display it would be discolored.
Try unplugging any removable media that's hooked up to the computer. After that try to boot it up.
If it still doesn't go anywhere then you most likely have a power supply issue on your hands. try unplugging an unnecessary components inside the computer such as any CD/DVD drives and removing any cards installed. Pretty much everything but the motherboard and the hard drive. If it still doesnt boot properly then you might either have to buy a new power supply or a new motherboard as long as you know your hard drive is good.
The thing si if it was an issue with the hard drive you would get an error message. If you seemed to have left out any error messages please post them.
BACK UP ALL OF YOUR CRITICAL DATA!
Next, get a program like Astra32 ( http://www.astra32.com/download.htm ) to get an inventory of your machines' hardware. Once you know the harddrive manufacturer, go to their website and download the diagnostic software for your particular drive and run it. Manufacturers' tests are usually much more detailed and will let you know really quickly if the drive is a paperweight in the near future, or if it's fixable.
If it's under warranty, make use of it! Either way, BACK UP ALL OF YOUR CRITICAL DATA, just in case the drive is done.
your hard disk/drives may not be set to shut down
in control panel display under screen saver click power
then check settings for turning off monitor and hard drive
make sure they are set
do a virus scan
then do a disk defrag
please let me know
take cover off top of base.- pry off remove two screws that hold speaker unit, it will tilt out, disconnect cables and remove speaker. two screws on back of base and then take off back cover.remove sheild cover. disconnect all cables. 4 screws hold power supply in. rca connector board has little black button holding it on. pry up and then remove board to access connecters behind. pull all cables out towards you. remove 6 screws that hold base to back of screen, pull up tape under where cables go thru hole. remove base from screen. take out screws on back of screen. carefully pry all around case to seperate. remove back, and then sheild. there are a few screws that hold it on. If your screen was black, then the two inverter boards could be the problem. there is one in the upper left corner and one in the lower left corner. you can by them on internet. match the partnumber, there are 2 diffent ones.
remove left hand side cover (ensure power is disconnected first); disconnect the 20.24 pin primary power plug (big wide white one plugs directly onto the mainboard, also disconnect the 4 pin AUX power plug, looks just like the other one but is a smaller square shaped plug (older P3 boards will not have this)
disconnect all 4 pin power plugs from hard drives/cd drives and aftermarket fans (if any are installed), disconnect SATA power plugs from any SATA devices installed (flat black plug, 4 wires)
disconnect floppy drive power plug (if app) small while 4 pin power plug, once all of these are disconnected, looking at the rear of the computer there will be 4 screws holding the power supply in place, one screw will be more to the centre slightly to ensure you do not put it in upside down, once you remove those screws the power supply will slide right out.. simply re-do these steps in revers for instaling the new power supply
It's not likley the power usage that did in the power supply unless you split the feeds numerous times. The switch should be straightforward, unplug all the feeds paying attention to what you unplug and only unplug what comes from the power supply. It should be a simple matter then to unscrew the supply from the case, remove the old and reverse the operation.