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Old Gateway Computer, no screen suddenly

By canesheadcase
Nov 14, 2007
  1. I tried this in a different forum, so now im trying here as well...

    I installed XP on an old gateway a little while ago, and now I'm having some problems with it. Mmk, here's the run down...

    Gateway 4000274 Anigma Pentium II Mobo
    XP SP1
    Intel Celeron
    (if you need anymore specs just ask)

    Alright, so our main computer was in some trouble earlier, so I had brought the gateway out into the living room where I could use it for internet access to fix the other computer. Later I got the other computer working, and never moved the gateway back into the other room. So, it sat here not plugged into a power source for at least a week (probably more). Then I brought back into the room, tried to set it up, and nothing was coming up on the monitor. I've had this problem before, I switched the power outlet, and that used to fix the problem, so I tried that again, no go. Then I tried a different monitor, and a different cable, still nothing. Tried a different power source, etc. Basically, it definitely is the computer.

    So, my question to you is, how do I get the screen back? I've been researching forums, I could unlug the battery in it (not sure how to), something about "jumping" it, a CMOS, etc. Possibly a video card driver, however, as I said before the computer was working fine, the only thing that has changed in the computer is that it has not been plugged in for a long period of time. So I don't think it's a driver.

    ALSO, I did get it to work for about 30 seconds. It apparently was a fluke. I got the Gateway screen "Legacy mouse detected..." it was going through that beginning check, and it froze.

    If you need any more info just ask, thanks for the help!
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,066   +169

    Start by opening up the case. Remove any dust and debris. Check that all the fans are clean and running normally. Check and reseat power connectors on the motherboard, CD ROM and hard drive
     
  3. canesheadcase

    canesheadcase TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    mmmk, what do you mean "reseat" the power connectors?
     
  4. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,313   +12

    Unplug one power connector and plug it back in. Unplug the next power connector and plug it. Do that until all the plugs have been reseated.
     
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,066   +169

    The power connectors have a red, yellow and 2 black wires in them
     
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