My wife has an old Gateway computer, about 5 years old. The other day she could not get it to start, told me and I did not have time to get to it. That night, I heard it trying to start, then going on and off, never booting. The start "light" would go on for a second, then off and nothing. I disconnected it, then tried it in the morning. When I reconnected the power cord, it tried again to start, making the initial sounds when you boot it normally...then went off. I hit the power button again, and it did the same thing each time. Tried, then stopped.
I dismantled the case, vacuumed the crap out of it (it looked like old refrigerator fins), then removed and cleaned the dust off the switch. I again attached the power cord, and it did the same, trying to start, then it stopped. When I tried to start it by pushing the power button...no soap.
I suspect the Power Supply. Any help would be appreciated. I have a new power supply I never installed on another computer...could I use that?
Moderator Edit: Fixed BBCode tags. ~ Animal
Edited by Animal, 01 August 2007 - 05:30 PM.