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Gateway GM5478 will not boot.

by jimpatrio / March 25, 2011 2:45 AM PDT

I have a Gateway GM5478 that has been a dog since day one. When it works it's great. The problem has been keeping it working. It is not my primary pc. I only use it as a home theater set up to watch on line videos (network programs,, and etc.) on my big screen. I have in the past at various times replaced the hard drive, the video card, the memory, the cd drive and most recently the power supply. I also installed Windows 7 and have kept it current. I have virus protection and anti-spyware installed.

A couple of days ago, I turn the computer on and the power light comes on, the fan starts and 5 seconds later it shuts down. I have tried the Gateway recommended power drain, re-seated all the cards as well as the memory simms. I also replaced the power supply. All to no avail. Still the same symptoms.

Can anyone suggest further trouble shooting, or maybe recognize the symptoms having a specific cause.

I do live very near the beach and have noticed the connections on the rear of my TV's to have started showing heavy oxidation.

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i guess i could help but i need help back
by dannyking98 / July 22, 2011 4:45 AM PDT
Confused i have had a few problems with mine, if i pulg mine in it does that when i turn it on, i just keep tring till it comes on. i think they have faulty motherboards. it messed up two of my harddrives so far. well my best guess would be to unplug it and make sure all the cables are tight and plug it back in
and can you try to help me with a problem that you may have had, right now the computer comes on and boots but the rear fan stays on full blast wont slow its driving me to death Cry
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Great clues in your post!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2011 4:50 AM PDT

The clues are there for those that run into the symptoms. The symptoms point to BAD CAPS which for most means "faulty motherboard."

You also experience hard drive corruption on such boards.

The clues are there and if you google BAD CAPS you know what to look for and then back to Gateway to ask them to cover this fault.

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