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I got a used gateway pc and it won't do anything. The light on the button lights up and you can here it run but thats it Answered

When I plug it in it automatically comes on by it self. All I get on the monitor is a window that explains that the monitor is working and something about the power. I new there was something wrong with it when I got it but how do I get it to come on so I can get further into to see what else is wrong with it. I would like to run the hard drive down to see everything on it like the cops do it. It is my PC now so it would be legal to do that. I just need to learn how. I have another PC but it is my old one that is a windows 98 so its older that the XP that I want to get going. Does anyone out there that has an Instructable that will show me step by step on how to run the hard drive down? If anyone has an Instructable showing step by step on the first PC like a check list that should be done in order to get it up and running right to where I can hook it up to the Internet. Thanks to anyone who can help me because this has to be done on the cheap.

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lemonie

Best Answer 10 years ago

Strip the thing down to the mainboard, processor and memory. Power it up - does it POST (beep), does the processor fan run etc? Is there integrated video on the board - does this give the monitor any thing that looks like the thing works? While you've got it apart plug the HDD into a spare channel on the other machine, see if it shows up in Windows. L

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345138

10 years ago

Dont buy an acer (Yes acer is gateway).

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master key345138

Answer 7 years ago

yes, buy an acer and gateway its an excellent company never had any problem out of them

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zack247

8 years ago

hmm...

i havent heard of this happening before, but i can suggest trying to hook the laptop up to a external monitor, and see if that lets you see whats going on. if worse comes to worse, try contacting gateway and ask them what might be up with it.

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Joe Martin

10 years ago

If it's switching on the moment it's plugged in I suspect the fault is in the power supply.

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RelaxedSoup

10 years ago

I don't know exactly what you mean by "run the hard drive down", I assume you want to extract any useful data from it, and then format and install XP. That's fairly easy to do, you could put the hard drive in another computer, or boot up a Linux LiveCD and browse the drive with that. Then find a low-level format utility, or just use the XP utility on the install disc. However, your problems sound like there might be something wrong with the video card. I had an old PC with symptoms similar to yours, I fixed it by unplugging all of the hardware from the motherboard, powering it up with only the motherboard power connected, and then plugging everything back in. A model number would help, as would a more detailed description of what exactly is going on (any errors messages, if the computer beeps, etc.).