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Gateway fx6840-03e won't start

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by dajuice7430, Oct 27, 2019.

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  1. dajuice7430

    dajuice7430 Thread Starter

    Oct 27, 2019
    I was gifted a few months ago a computer from my cousin as a house warming gift. As far as he was concerned the computer hasn't been turned on in over a year and it sat in my room for a few months until today. I plugged it in and tried to turn it on and was met with the sound of the fan for less than a second. It didn't turn on so I tried again. Nothing not even the fan. After changing outlets checking the connection of the power strip and popping it open to see if there was a funky smell. I was just met with nothing but confusion. I want to get this PC started and dont want to just sell or scrap it but I dont have a clue where to start on my journey for a repair. Please help, I'd rather not go to a repair shop.
  2. SpywareDr


    Mar 30, 2014
    What I'd do is take it back down to bare bones out on a table. Nothing but motherboard (on a non-conductive surface), CPU (w/heatsink), RAM, PSU, video, keyboard and mouse.

    Now see if it will boot into the BIOS. If not, try a different PSU and/or RAM. Once you do get into the BIOS, reset the BIOS to factory default.

    If it's bootable now, try running an Operating System (*nix) from a bootable USB flash drive. Exercise it some (web) and then leave it running overnight.

    If it's still where you left it the night before, power down, hook up your drive with Windows on it and try the same, (exercise it, web, games, whatever), and leave it running overnight.

    If it's fine the next morning, power down and reassemble everything back in the case. As you continue beyond the bare minimum though, only add one or two pieces of hardware at a time and then test to make sure what was added isn't causing problems. You get the idea ...
  3. lynx1021


    Jan 7, 2014
    A lot of times when a computer sits up they can get bad connections on all the power connectors, ram, GPU ect. First thing is to unplug and replug all the power connectors, reseat the ram and reseat the video card if it has one.
  4. plodr


    Jun 27, 2014
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    Apparently this is a 9 year old computer.

    there could be many things wrong with it because of its age.

    Perhaps the power supply is gone. That's one reason it turned on briefly, just enough juice for the fan and wouldn't turn on again.

    If you have any friends that have a spare power supply (I know I usually keep one around) just disconnect the hard drive' power from the current power supply and plug it into the spare power supply and see if the computer boots up. If you hear the hard drive spinning, then it might be the power supply.
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