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Gateway 1400 Solo won't power on

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A friend of mine has asked me to have a look at his laptop. I will tear it open tonight when I get home, so I don't know if the inside is all brown and crispy or any thing like that. However, I am having hopes of a simple problem.

The problem is that is just won't power on...you hit the power button and nothing. If it were a desktop I would not hesitate to think it was a bad PSU or a bad mother board. The thing that raises my hopes is that the light that signifies that the battery is being charged doesn't come on...the other laptop I have, though it is a different model, has a light that comes on if the battery is getting charged even if the laptop is shutdown.

So what do you think the odds are that there is some thing power related that could be fixed with replacing that power jack or some soldering? Originally I was hoping for a broken power switch...as that is some thing I have fixed before many times. I have my doubts on that now that this light issue came up...any one else happen to have a 1400 and could check to see if the light comes on? I would not be surprised to see that the mother board dead though...

The AC converter works...tested on another laptop. I also tried a drifferent one on the broken laptop and it did not power up.
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post #2 of 6
First what I try is the powersupply might have been bunked out or what ever. Try this, I got it from tech support, open it up and where the power connects to the mobo take out the plug and put a paper clip in the BLACK and the GREEN wires. This will restart the powersupply, then turn off the power supply by taking out the paperclip, then what you can do is plug it back in and see if it works.
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Actualy that raises my attention, this would work on a desktop, so i dont think there is a plug form the mobo to the PSU or the battery. So look for is the battey make sure is all the way in because my friend had a latch problem on the battery spot and if he pushes it in it works but when it rests it doesnt.
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post #4 of 6
You would be best off just getting your warranty service. If you try to fix it yourself you will just void the warranty and might still end up with a dead laptop.
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this thing is long since past warrenty I am sure...I've never owned a gateway(or any other brand name PC), but I think they only have a one year warrenty and this laptop is probally four years old...maybe older. It has a 1.0Ghz P3 in it...I would certainly hope the fool that asked me to look at it would have gone a warrenty route first

I wil crack it open and see what I can see...I hate laptops....
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Best of luck to you
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