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Gateway NV53 powers on but won't boot up

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  1. Paracelcius

    Paracelcius Thread Starter

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    My 4 yo gateway NV53 laptop just won't boot up although the power LED turns on and I can hear the fan and the hard drive running. I have tried connecting it to another monitor to exclude monitor problem. I have also tried draining the charge by removing the battery and then hold the power button for 60s. The screen is completely black and no error message come up. It is running on Windows 7 64bit Home media edition.
     
  2. Gr3iz

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    Hello and welcome to TSG!!

    Do you get any beeps at all? Can you remove all external connection, remove the memory and battery. Just try to power it on and see if it gives you any beep codes. (It should, to alert you that there is a memory error.)

    Had you done anything prior to it's malfunctioning? Cleaned it? Dropped it? Lent it to someone?
     
  3. Paracelcius

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    Thank you, Gr3iz.

    By removing all connections do you mean even the AC adapter as well? There is no beep at all when I tried to power it on normally. I did try to remove the RAM sticks, and power up with out them. But it showed the same thing and without any beeps either.

    I have not done anything to it. I might have tapped it with my hand slightly when I got up at night. But I don't think it was very hard.
     
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    Well, no, not the AC adapter. With the battery out you'd need that for power.

    Normally when you remove the memory, you should hear beeps indicating a memory problem. Not hearing anything is not a good sign. It will probably make no difference, but you can also remove the HDD and (in most systems) the optical drive and see if there is any change.

    Was it on while you were sleeping? Sitting on your bed while powered up? It could have overheated, possibly destroying the CPU or something on the motherboard.
     
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    No, i turn it off when i go to bed. And I did make the mistake of using it while in bed. But that was four years ago, shortly after I bought it. The only noticeable damage I did then was the battery life shortened significantly.
     
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    Were you able to remove the drives and try powering up? I don't believe it will make a difference.
     
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    I just tried to remove the HD and as you predicted, it did not make any difference. I don't know how to remove the optical drive since I don't feel confident opening the laptop any further.
     
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    Usually there is a screw on the bottom of the unit that will allow the removal of the drive, but, again, I doubt it will make any difference. I believe the main board has failed.
     
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    Does that mean this laptop is pretty much done?
     
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    Based on what you are telling us here, the main board probably needs to be replaced. I don't know your technical capabilities, so I cannot say whether this would be something you'd wish to tackle yourself. It depends on how much you can find a replacement board for and whether you'd need to pay someone else to replace it. Only you can determine whether that cost is worth it.
     
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