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Possible PSU problem?

When i press the start button the blue light doesnt come up, but I can hear the fan start (but its really faint and not as strong) all the other smaller lights come on like normal.  i put the moniter on but doesnt show the computer actually starting up.  by this time what i usually do is unplug the psu cord or shut off the power where the psu is connected to.  if i turn it on right away, the fan now starts up the right way (really strong and loud) but stays at that same speed and doesnt fade like it normally would and the moniter doesnt show the computer starting u turn it on and it goes black and goes into like standby.  if i wait maybe 5 mins and turn it on again sometimes the blue light comes back on and the computer starts up normally.  at times i have to turn the computer tower around and unplug the psu cord there and put it back in really hard to turn it on.  but the whole turning on and off switch is usually the way i do it every morning.  a lot of the times im trying to start up my computer and it takes close to 20 mins.  the psu cord is brand new (bought it for about 25 dollars maybe 2-3 months ago)  and i did the whole canned air thing (removed all the dust).  my computer cant be more than a year and a half old if i remember correctly.  now for about three days i cant turn on my computer at all, (im my brothers lap top in order to type this btw)   i would love any help!  also, i have been thinking about taking my computer to circuit city or best buy for a diagnostic test but its so expensive and i have heard many horror stories.  but the price alone worries me.

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  • Anonymous Feb 01, 2008

    Same problem. My gateway GT4016 is also less than 2 years old. If you do get it started backup everything cause soon It will not boot again. Best buy said motherboard and hard drive; but that is I believe a easy replace everything approach

  • bball22 Mar 25, 2008

    I am having the same problem. I was told that I would need to replace the motherboard and power supply. I am getting a second opinion before doing anything because mine will not power at all except for the fan.

  • spuckler Jun 13, 2008

    I have the exact same problem on a 15-month-old Gateway GT4016. Has anyone either replaced the motherboard or the power supply and got it working again?

  • sososad Jun 23, 2008

    my pc is less than 2 years old. when i turn on the computer i can hear the fan very strong but the blue light does not come on. once it does come on i can type and everything works. However in approx 30 mins into my work the screen begans to zig zag and then ultimately freeze. i make the attempt to reboot but turning the unit off. this happened approximately 3 times. now it does come on, just the fan will run. Best Buy stated that it was the mother board. they, Best Buy sated that they reseated everything but to no avail. they suggested i replace the system. the next time i will purchase the extended warranty

  • sharkey103 Jul 01, 2008

    When I hit the on button to turn on my compiuter, it doesnt boot up, only the orange light comes on like it is in sleep mode

  • topher7171 Jul 14, 2008

    I have the exact same problem with the Gateway GT4016 Desktop. I'm just waiting for it to totally die after coming on and off for the last two weeks.

  • srsorrell Aug 06, 2008

    I am having the same problem! The fan runs, but the computer will not come on. I have tried rebooting it, but from what I have been reading it is the motherboard. I bought mine in 2006, so I shouldn't be having this type of problem.

  • Anonymous Aug 18, 2008

    I have the same light won't come on..therefore the computer will not boot.Cecked the memory,that was not it Thought the CPU might overheat, that was not it either.

    I then bought a replacement mobo from ebay that worked for about four months,

    Now tonight the same problem all over again.

    These motherboard must be real ****.

    I had also replaced the PSU before I installed the second Mobo and upgraded the CPU to a x2 4200.someone had mentioned that stock supply was suspect in so many mobo deaths.

    I would love to hear about the lemon law fincluding this computer ,but I doubt that we will get relief from this lemon.

    Would love to hear what other people did ,i.e. replaced the btx board? what model?

    Maybe the best thing is to part this machine out and start from scratch.

  • davey92034 Nov 05, 2008

    I had the same problems and I had the insurance on it. The techician came over and replace the Motherboard and it worked for one week. He came back again and replace the Motherboard, powersupply, and processor. That worked for about two weeks. He told me that it was the voltage going to the computer but that was not right. Now I have a dead computer what won't turn on. The Blue light does not come on and the motor does not kick in. Any other suggestions?

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  • one00100 Feb 03, 2009

    Bought used motherboard from ebay. Fixed problem for about a month, now same problem again. Sounds like defective motherboards?? or something killing them??

  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2009

    Nothin but fans, replace processor, no luck. Doesn't sound like its worth the risk to replace the motheboard.... POS!

  • Anonymous May 25, 2009

    I'm trying to diagnose the same thing too on a December 2007 model. I have a feeling the motherboard has died or the psu is not putting out the proper voltage anymore. When I hit the power button, the CPU fan goes full blast immediately but the power light does NOT light up. The monitor works perfectly fine on any other computer in the house so the monitor is not the problem. Since it has an onboard video, I put a PCI video card in but monitor does not get a video signal from that source either. Any idea how to get the motherboard to output video signal to PCI card without access to the BIOS screen?



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Same computer, same problem. Staples tech said motherboard but I dont believe they did a thorough diagnostic. I think this is a lemon law computer from Gateway and there should be some class action followup since this is a common problem with this model.

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Sounds like a bad power supply to me.

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I was useing my pc yesterday night and i woke up 2day to use and i had the same problem fan running without stopping and no blue light and nothing displyd on monitor. i opned it and i cleaned it with air pump and its working now. so try to cleane it with a good air pump. i hope mine stay working. good luck all

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