Gateway PC will not power up - button fades in and out

By jmg75028
Oct 14, 2009
  1. My one year old Gateway DX-4200 started having re-boot issues where it would not power back up. Power button fades in and out. The power supply has been checked out OK. The motherboard has been replaced with a new one but the problem persists. At first I could get around the issue by unplugging the power cable then it would power up OK. Now the power button just fades in and out from the beginning and will not go any further.
  2. Kcircyrd

    Kcircyrd TS Rookie Posts: 216

    I don't know what you mean by, "...Power button fades in and out..."

    Did you change anything that would put unusual demands on your power supply?
  3. jmg75028

    jmg75028 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No but I just purchesed a new, higher wattage power supply to try. Should know tomorrow if that fixes it.
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +181

    Does it fade in and out in a constant/steady pattern? As that usually indicates the computer is in sleep mode.....

    Try holding the button in for 10-15 secs and see if the power button stays off. Then press again to start and check power settings in Control Panel
  5. jmg75028

    jmg75028 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah, I tried all of that. It will not come up at all now.
  6. jmg75028

    jmg75028 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It goes into "sleep" mode as soon as you press the power button. Never gets to the hard drive. Re[laced the power supply but that did not fix the problem.
  7. Kcircyrd

    Kcircyrd TS Rookie Posts: 216

    Did the new power supply help at all?
    Any other resolution?
  8. jmg75028

    jmg75028 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No, the new power supply did not help. Still no resolution!
  9. Kcircyrd

    Kcircyrd TS Rookie Posts: 216

    Some of the Gateway DX computers are apparently eMachines computers... same motherboard... and that is possibly where the trouble is. A replacement board is $49 on eBay, but not every day.
    Be aware that you only have a limited time to get the restore disk set from Gateway, and you must do it by phone, and there is a fee.
  10. jmg75028

    jmg75028 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I did replace the motherboard with a new one. That did not fic it. Thanks.
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