Gateway laptop NV53 running Win7 . 4 g ram and 500 g harddrive with 3/4 empty. 64 bit
All of a sudden it will not reboot. I am running from wall socket as battery has not worked for several years. If I forget and close the laptop, it will not come back on. I usually have to unplug the charger and then plug it back up and hit the on/off button. Sometimes this works first time, sometimes it takes many times. And sometimes I just give up and wait until the next day. Sometimes the on/off button will make it reboot without unplugging the charger but not usually.
When it does decide to reboot I get a black and white screen which gives several options; I chose Open Windows normally. It will reboot and work flawlessly - until I forget and close it up again.
I have noticed that the charger gets very hot. Not sure if this is recent or not.
I have ordered a new battery but do not think this is the problem as I have been using it for several years with this bad battery.
Could it be the charger? Could the motherboard be going bad?
Appreciate your help.