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comp powers up when power coed is plugged in BUT!!

By Forsaken
Jun 24, 2007
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  1. Ok after searching through the forums for simmilar problems wich where simmilar i had to ask this ?? again when i plug in my power cord comp starts up on its own ok heres the kicker it beeps about 3 to 4 times and then does nothing more fans work cd drives work hard drive apears to work but it wont boot cant get into bios or anything, monitor wont even fire up.
    I tried removing the little battery in side to reset the Cmos but that did nothin
    either still get same results.

    Comp is a gateway GT5428
    Intel 3.2Ghz dual core
    250 gig HD
     
  2. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 357

  3. Forsaken

    Forsaken TS Rookie Topic Starter

    it should still be under warranty if i could find the reciept but ive already removed the side cover wich gateway says voids the waranty if i could find the reciept i might be able to take it back to best buy. but alas i cant seem to find the damn thang

    Yes thats the one gt5428
     
  4. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 357

    well the beeps you are hearing are beep code, they tell you whats wrong (in a sense). I cant find the "translation" on google anywhere so im thinking you'll have to take it in. did you have anything like a power failure before this happened?
     
  5. Forsaken

    Forsaken TS Rookie Topic Starter

    we had a power failure yesterday but comp worked fine after that

    cant find the reciept so i might be screwed
     
  6. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 357

    do you have it plugged into a UPS?
     
  7. Forsaken

    Forsaken TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no just a regular power strip outlet
     
  8. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 357

    so no surge surpressor (or protector)


    Or this is waht you mean by Powerstrip? srry lol

    well chances are its a hardware issue, i've never seen a case where you got beep codes and it be a bad mobo. the powerstrip should have stopped any surge, yet it is still possible if its a cheapo it didnt in turn damaging you hardware.
     
  9. Forsaken

    Forsaken TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i can hold in the power button and it will turn off after holding it in for like 10 15 sec's but when i hit the power button again to turn it back on it still does the same thing

    i can even put a cd in the drive and it will spin like its trying to read it but nothing happens
     
  10. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 357

    but you still get the beeps, it could be your video... if we could get the beep translations they would tell us, but we can't so you wouldnt happen to have a spare PCI-E x16 lying around would you? or have a friend that will let you borrow one? I observed you computer has a free x16 lane, if you graphics on the mobo are bad then this will work but im not guaranteeing this is your problem, but this is the first step to troubleshoot. (i have to tell people this because they get all ancy about trying all these things lol)




    EDIT** I found gateway beep codes, how many beeps do you get?


    EDIT** (again) the ony 3-4 beep codes i see are bios checksum failures, which means the BIOS code itself is damaged
     
  11. Forsaken

    Forsaken TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i believe 3 might be 4
     
     
  12. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 357

    heres what i have so far (tell me what seems closest to what you hear)


    1 long 2 short Video configuration failed OR parity error (memory)

    1 long 3 short Base 64 KB memory failure (memory)
     
  13. Forsaken

    Forsaken TS Rookie Topic Starter

    3 long beeps

    when i plugged it in this time it didn't auto power up i had to hit the power button
     
  14. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 357

    Okay i have you down for a 64k ram failure, this means in one of your Ram sticks (assuming you have 2x 512mb) the first 64k chip tests bad, if you have two sticks of ram pull one and turn on the computer. if you still get beeps firmly replace the ram you removed and remove th other stick, and power on again.
     
  15. Forsaken

    Forsaken TS Rookie Topic Starter

    is it possible for both of them to go bad cause if iswap out the frist one for the second it does the same thang
     
  16. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 357

    i could be but i doubt it, on to the next code. the only other thing is a video failure...
     
  17. Forsaken

    Forsaken TS Rookie Topic Starter

    any way to test for the video falure
     
  18. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 357

    my only thought is to put a x16 card in or if you have a free PCI card slot fins a pci vid card to put in
     
  19. Forsaken

    Forsaken TS Rookie Topic Starter

    isthere anyway to fix the bios if thats the problem
     
  20. Forsaken

    Forsaken TS Rookie Topic Starter

    tried a vid card had an old mx 4000 still get the beeps
     
  21. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 357

    hmmm... im stumped hold on



    EDIT** sorry about the double post!!

    last thing i can possibly think of is a blown capacitator in the PSU or on the mobo, but you didnt hear a pop or anything did you? if do the beeps could be the mobo saying theres not enough power (if a psu cap blew)
     
  22. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 357

    last thing i can possibly think of is a blown capacitator in the PSU or on the mobo, but you didnt hear a pop or anything did you? if do the beeps could be the mobo saying theres not enough power (if a psu cap blew)
     
  23. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 357

    if you had a floppy you could flash it. you would have to get the ROM from gateway's website, under support. Go Here for detailed bios flashing information. mind you this WILL MOST LIKELY void your warrenty if you have any left.

    EDIT** Moderator (howard, whomever.) i know you are going to come through ane merge all my posts, i got lost when this thing went to two pages. srry i never post sloppy like this. i'm just tired.
     
  24. Forsaken

    Forsaken TS Rookie Topic Starter

    found out its a intel mother board its 3 long beeps wich it says is a memory failure in the frist 64
     
  25. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 357

    yes this is also what i found, thats why i had you swap RAM around. I wouldnt quite reccomend going out and buying new ram beacause this may not be your problem, but it seems we both have found it is so you might have to...
     
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