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Gateway 300SE has yellow power button & won't turn on

By xacidwashx
Aug 15, 2006
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  1. So i've had my Gateway 300SE for a few years now. Around november, 2005 the computer seemed to have a problem. I left one night while leaving it on, came home and the power button was yellow. I figured it was in sleep mode, but it never seemed to turn back on. ever.
    So I just bought a laptop and figured it had died.

    Well, now I have to get back on that computer. I'm a graphic designer and realized my whole portfolio that I am in desperate need of now is loaded onto the hard drive of that computer. So, is there any way I could get the computer fixed... or does anyone know what possibly the problem could be? I figured something was fried in it. I'm no computer whiz, so I have no idea what to do. The only thing I can think of is to download all my old stuff off that hard drive onto a new one or whatever (I did that once but forget how, i could learn though). I'd really like to get the computer up and working though, because a computer is a computer... it'd save me some money.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

    Well the most likely posibilities are the Powersupply and the Motherboard. First inspect the motherboard and any other components for phyiscal signs that they have been fried (burn Marks,burnt smell).If no phisical damage is seen replace the powersupply
    Here are some links to replacements.

    A 300W powersupply should be suficent but has limited upgradeibility
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103463
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104933

    I recomend one of the 350W powersupplies below
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104901
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681710393
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681710345
    http://www.pcpowercooling.com/products/viewproduct.php?show=S31ATX
     
  3. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,348

    If you really need the info off the drive, you can swap it in another computer and try to get your files off of it
     
  4. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

    or put it in an external enclosure
     
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