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Gateway Flex -win. Xp -will Not Start Up


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#1 Testerbo1990

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 06:42 PM

I have a Gateway Flex Desktop PC, and over a period of a year or so, I have been having more and more problems getting it to start up. When I turn it on, the power button lights up, but instead of the normal green, it displays a green and a red light combined. The only way to get it to finally boot up is to flick the surge protector switch on and off until the system seems to 'catch' and finally boot up as normal. I feel this may have something to do with the BIOS instructions, or maybe a weak lithium battery on the system board. I am sure that flickering the power is aweful for the system, but it has gotten to the point that the system will not boot up if I dont do that. Is this a common problem with this particular machine? Once it boots up, it runs fine, so I just try to avoid shutting it down, but that is not always an option. Hope somebody out there can help!

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 09:04 PM

Do you have a model number? I'm going to go out on a limb and say you have a sticking/faulty power button. To take that out of the troubleshooting equation you need to take the side off the computer (change the battery while you're at it). Trace the wires from the power button to the motherboard, and remove the 2 wires. Using a flat-tipped screwdriver, quickly touch the 2 pins then remove the screwdriver. If it remains running, then you know it's the switch
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#3 Testerbo1990

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 07:13 PM

After contacting gateway's tech support, I discovered that the battery is most likely not the problem, as the system will alert you when the battery is low. I was also pointed towards the motherboard or power supply as being the primary cause. Seems like a new computer may be my best solution.......




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