Do I have a major hardware problem or is it something much less?
Gateway Windows XP Home Edition
Model # MF ATXSTL KTH 300SE LTD
Ship Date- 4/8/02
Hard drive- Western Digital 20GB 5400RPM
128MB 133/100/66 - MHz 64Bit 4-Clock 16X8SDRAM DIMM
Modems- Gateway V.92 PCI Soft Modem R1
Motherboard- INTEL (Kitty Hawk 1.5) 1.2GHz Celeron R1
My problem is that when I plug it in it automaticly powers up but it will not boot up.My first brain buster was
that it was the video card, no such luck that I know of I have no way of checking it, but it did not change
anything.So I left it out and then pulled the RAMM out and still it will not send anything to the monitor.
So from there I check the #'s on the RAMM through Gateway and the last number on the stick was of by 1 number,
I don't know if that makes a differance or not, I still need to find that out too. Gateway will not help in any
way because it has no warrenty on it.That is as far as I got as far as the haRDWARE. As Soon as I plug it in it
beeps three times and thats it.The fan on the CPU and the PSU both run from the time I plug it in. I did try
pressing and holding the start button for about 10 to 15 seconds and it went out for about a 1/2 second and
came back on but did not stop the pc. At this point I am at a lost. I don't know what else to try except the
PSU maybe out or something. If the pc was not broke would it boot up with no RAMM or video card in it. It calls
for 128MB so do I need to get two 128's and put in it to take it to 256 or can I two 256's in it to take it to
512 or is that to much? Is there a way I can test the video card to see if it is any good? Is it true that 3
beeps is code for RAMM problems? I don't know what else to try so can anyone please help me with as much as
you can. I cannot afford to dump a bunch of money into it. I do have a lot of extra parts from IBM's.
Would any of those parts work in a differant brand of computers? I have box's of brand new RAMM's,CPU's,CD-DVDs,
Drives,Heat sinks,PSU's,all differant sizes of fans,just many many parts from IBM's. Will any of these parts
work in anything other than IBM's.I hope this is enough information because its all I can think of.
I think you for any help you can give me.