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Ooold Gateway 2000 won't turn on...

By Partian Shot
Jun 7, 2007
  1. Okay, it's a Gateway 2000 "LP MINI-TOWER" I think... It was working just a couple of mins ago... I just brought it down from my loft, maybe it's like, dusty inside or something...

    It feels like when I push the on button, there isn't that kind of satisfying "click" when you push it all the way in, it just springs back softly... But I might be wrong.

    I've checked all the cables and everything...any suggestions?
     
  2. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,289

    Bad power switch or bad PSU.
     
  3. Partian Shot

    Partian Shot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Lol, English please?
     
  4. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,289

    PSU=Power Supply Unit
     
  5. Partian Shot

    Partian Shot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Jajaja, yeh... but whats that... the mains switch?
     
  6. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,289

    It the power supply to the computer. The box on the back where the power cord plugs into. I am not saying this IS what your problem is, just a possibility.
     
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    replace your cmos battery.
    dust out the insides with a can of air
    lightly reseat all cards to remove oxidation. If really oxidized take a pencil eraser and lightly buff contacts on cards.
    ensure you grounded at all times.
     
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,630   +321

    You could also follow the wires from the power switch you pressed on the front of the case to where they connect to the motherboard. Then pull that plastic plug off the motherboard (remembering where it went) and touch the 2 pins together with a flathead screwdriver (nonmagnetic preferred). If it starts up, you've got a bad switch.
     
  9. Partian Shot

    Partian Shot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Right...I can't actually find a way to pull off the front plate... it obviously comes off somehow, I can see it bending but... Has only got this PC? Maybe they can get the instructions, cause they've been binned years ago...
     
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,630   +321

    The back probably has a couple screws you can take out on the right side, then that side panel (left as you are looking at front of computer) comes off either the front or back. If there are no screws on the back then the actual front plastic may come off, those can come off in a variety of ways...
     
  11. Partian Shot

    Partian Shot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Nope, no screws. And it doesn't seem to be coming off with just pulling it...
     
     
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,630   +321

  13. Partian Shot

    Partian Shot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Nope, I don't know what version it is really... It just has "Gateway2000" on the front and on a sticker at the back: "LP MINI-TOWER, E14350" etc...
     
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,630   +321

    Don't know what to tell you other than you are going to have to find a way into that case.
     
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