Posted 01 July 2005 - 11:14 PM
Here's a link from the Gateway site on how to find your serial number:http://support.gateway.com/s/misc/custidse...arningsu3.shtml
Then you can type in your serial number on the Gateway support site and find out lots about your system.http://support.gateway.com/support/default...lid=support_top
The cables tp your hard drive are caled IDE cables, there are a few sorts (40 wire, 80 wire, round or flat) but they will all fit your hard drive. If you are in the US Newegg have some good quality 80 wire cables, but any place that does PC repairs should have some.
Getting the broken connector out may be a problem, but if there are a bunch of pronged pieces of metal sticking out of the back of the connector you can just get your pliers onto them and heave, that should do it.
Re the password, that is probably a BIOS password if it comes up straight away. You may be able to clear the BIOS by finding a jumper near the battery called "CMOS Clear" or similar. See the Gateway site for instructions.
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