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Gateway 450 ROG screen does not show or freezes

My gateway 450 ROG does not always boot up, it comes on but the screen gives you nothing! When it does comes up it runs all the way to regular windows starts up and then freezes! Does anyone know why this would happen?

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  • Good2bme Sep 19, 2007

    Unfortunately that didn't work! It did the same think you press the power button you hear it and the fan the lights on the computer come on, no beeeping heard and no display is eeen on the screen.

  • Good2bme Sep 19, 2007

    OK lets go true soem stuff that i did previous to see if this helps any at all. I started using a second monitor attached to laptop to give me a bigger screeb area. It recently told me the display driver are incorrect but the drivers are the onyl one gateway provides for the 450rog. next i just got it to come up but it a gain went only as far as XP.. welcome screen! them the welcome started to become distorted and the second monitor just shut off. The i restarted is and tried to go thte boot menu but it froze this time inside of boot menu settings?


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Hi, The only easy check I can suggest is on the memory. Flip your notebook so that the bottom is facing up. Locate a small panel (with 1 or 2 screws) roughly 3X3in. Inside would be 1 or 2 memory strips held in place by 2 retaining clips, one on each side. Moving the clips slightly away from the memory would free the memory strip and partially spring up. It can now be easily removed. With a pencil eraser, clean/rub on the little gold contacts at the bottom. The slot where they mate with their holder could also be cleaned with an old toothbrush. If the above does not correct the errors, then perhaps you are better off seeking the services of a qualified professional since the unit may have to be opened up and diagnosis performed on its various components. Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things turn up or should you need further information. Good luck and kind regards.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007

  • Anonymous Sep 18, 2007


    In some models/brands/versions, the memory may be found underneath the keyboard.

  • Anonymous Sep 19, 2007

    Hi again,

    Starting to sound like video card problem or its driver(s). But come to think of it, some versions uses the same memory strip for the video card as well as the motherboard. If cleaning did not work, you can try replacing.

    Considering that it even hangs just at the menu selection (Safe Mode or Last Good Configuration that worked), perhaps you can try and use the recovery CD that came with the laptop.

    You can try reinstalling the entire OS either in repair mode or clean/fresh. Should there be data/files that you would want to make sure are not over written, you can back it up using an external 2.5 Enclosure with USB connection to a second PC after removing the HD from your Gateway.

    If this really is a hardware issue, guess you ought to consider having it diagnosed by qualified professionals.


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