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The reason that Gateway doesn't help you out is due to the machine being around four years old. That machine was the reason why Gateway went under. They cost more than they were selling them for. Most of the people at Gateway wouldn't know about that machine line anyway, not to mention answering questions like that is about as close to forbidden as you can get. tongue.gif They don't want potential competition to know their secrets and their design. If it's profit via design and functionality, you don't want your rival to mimic you. tongue.gif
Most machines will throttle back their clock speeds at around 100*C and shut off at around 125*C, which is the "emergency systems" kicking in. wink.gif Just in case. Besides, running a laptop at 125*C for any lengthy amount of time is bad juju. redface.gif
As for the locked BIOS, I can't help you there. You might want to check in over at Notebookreview.com and see what they can do to help out. (Linky)
ok thank you very much. yeah they were great machines especially when compared at the time to alienware...
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Hello dude!

i have a GATEWAY FX MS2252 laptop and it it was freezing a lot, evenwithout openning anything or running any programs. So i upgraded Windows vista to Windows 7. After installing the NVidia GTS 9800 driver everything worked perfectly. HOwever, i tried World of Warcraft game and after playing sweetly for 1 minutes, the comoputer just turned itself off. AND I CANNOT TURN IT ON AGAIN!!!!

When it turned off, both the laptop and the AC/DC where pretty hot. I unplugged it from the laptop and the power outlett., After pluging the adapter back to the power current, the light on it turned back uo, but when i pluged the other end to the laptop, the light on the power adapter turned off. I checked voltage with a multimeter and when the light is on, it gives me 19 volts, but when it turns off, it gives me no power reading at all, it gives me 0 volts!

Does the laptop have a shortcut or is the power adapter failing?
I saw your post on this laptop and i se you know a lot about it! i hope you can help me out with this or give me some advice as to what to do next. I hope its not completely ruined.
Thank you!
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Well... the Gateway FX series Gaming Laptops were released around 2007-2008 timeframe if I remember correctly, which would put them at around 4 years old at minimum. I'd say that it just shorted itself out really. Not all machines are capable of gaming for that period and maintaining a stable setup.
     
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Oh i see

u recommend me to just throw it out? IT seems like such a waste frown.gif
Does taking it to a Gateway support center help?
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Well, the issue here is thus:

One or more components probably kicked the bucket and due to this... well... >.> You CAN replace them and potentially fix the issue, but the effort required to do this will exceed it's working value. No Ebay sale is going to yield a motherboard for that laptop under $150 and if the GPU is dead too, that's another $100, plus any other components that might have had a few problems. So outright you're in for paying around $250 if the machine is required to live again.

A machine that's been used THAT much is in danger of failing at any moment, so the value of said machine drops considerably from out of nowhere and continues to decline until it dies.

I would legitimately look into buying a new machine. I wouldn't bother trying to revive this thing. It's too far gone. Though I would dismantle it and remove all the parts you can and see what you can get for it. I know the CPU will go for something decent. The GPU might go as well... the RAM for sure, etc...
     
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You're totally right.

I have no idea of knowing which part is damaged so it will take effort and money. Such a shame but that's how it goes. 3 years in the service is not that bad anyway.

Thanks a lot. I hope i can at least sell the ram or use it on another Lap.
Have a good one!
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Hey Guys!

I know I've only posted MAYBE once or twice, several years ago, when I first bought my P-7805u. And I am happy to report that Its been serving me well since 2007-8ish.

But I've ran into a problem....

On Tuesday, I cracked my screen. I was moving the lappy from the kitchen to the couch, I tripped on an end table and lost grip to the computer... with quick reflexes I was able to stop it from slamming onto the hard floor, but in the process the screen cracked.

I couldn't see anything.... its as if the image was blurred, stretched and zoomed in to like a small section of the total screen (section the screen into 16 squares and then zoom in SUPER CLOSE). Needless to say, I was bummed.

Here's my issue.... I have the 1440x900 WXGA screen

I tried finding the exact make/model of screen for a while, reading forums and such BUT... because this model of laptop came with a wide range of screens, made it difficult to find the exact one. I do see some people just upgrading to the WUXGA screen and thats it. But the price to upgrade for a 1900x1200 screen is cost prohibitive for me.

I remembered this thread, and found someone linking to Skyline-Engineering (skyline-eng.com) for replacement parts for our laptops and found they had the 16:10 screen i've been looking for, for only $65ish. I read the description, and everything looked good, so I bought it.

2 days later, when the box came, I found one discrepancy when disassembling the screen for replacement... my OEM screen is made by AU Optronics, and the replacement I received was a Samsung. I didn't think anything of it, until inspecting the screen further I found a second ribbon cable port/plug (on the new Samsung).

I went back to the Skyline-Engineering page of the screen and saw at the bottom, that it can replace any and all the other monitors listed

Link: http://www.skyline-eng.com/index.cfm/product/7023/gateway-acer-17-high-gloss-lcd-wxga-1440x900-ltn170x2-l02.cfm

Heres a quote of what im talking about:
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Part Numbers: B170PW06, B170PW06 V.2, LP171WP4 (TL) (R1), LP171WP4 (TL)(03), LP171WP4(TL)(Q​1, LP171WP4-TLQ1, LP171WX2, LP171WX2 (A4)(K5), LTN170BT08, LTN170WX-L05, LTN170X2-L02, N170C2-L02
(Multiple P/N's are interchangeable and ship based on availability)

Which I found FINE, because the broken AUO screen is model number B170PW06, the first model screen it replaces.
But this second, smaller ribbon cable plug bothers me..... I do not have a ribbon cable in the laptop for it as the AUO screen just has the large cable.

I did some google-ing and found a manual/spec sheet for the Samsung and here is a screen cap of what I'm talking about with the 2nd plug.



Heres a link to the PDF so you can look at the whole thing.http://beyondinfinite.com/lcd/Library/Samsung/LTN170X2-L02.pdf

I looked and I cant find anything as to the purpose of this 2nd plug and am afraid that if I test the screen anyway, that i'll wreck it and be assed out of some money.

I'll try looking to see if there are other versions of this screen to see if there's any documentation on this mysterious plug and see if I can use the screen without it.


Looking through the PDF can anyone see anything about this plug?

If worse comes to worse, I'll just send it back and see if Skyline-Engineering can help me find a direct replacement.
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Just wanted to say that the new screen works without issue.
    
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Oh good. Always good to hear this kind of stuff. I would have posted, but I know next to nothing about that laptop line. :/
     
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Hey guys! First time poster here, long-time lurker. I recently dugout my old gateway ms2252, and all that's wrong with it is the screen's busted. Is it cost effective at all to fix it, or is there no reason to anymore? I believe it'd still be able to chug through some more recent games on lower settings if I wanted it to, and it'd make a great media computer to boot.

So what do ya think?
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