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gateway ma3 no power

Posted on 2011-04-18
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Last Modified: 2013-11-17
i have this notebook, new ac adapter (has power, no problem), but laptop just no response, dead. what should i start to check? any link how to open up the laptop? please pointing me to right direction. what could be the cost, because i might have to just throw it away.

Thanks in advance.
Question by:johndenny
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here my laptop troubleshooting guide :
- if no display - test with an external monitor
- test also with a known good battery !
- remove battery and AC adaptor, hold power button for 20 sec, connect AC and reboot --> any display ? if NO -->
- disconnect all disk and cd drives, battery , and other cards and peripherals, leave only 1 ram stick
- boot -->any display ?
- if NO remove all ram and reboot --> if NO beeps, mobo or cpu bad ; if it beeps, replace ram stick
-if you can access the bios battery, remove the battery, AC, and bios battery for a minute to reset the bios
or test it, it should read 3 V
*** you can test the disk on another pc, if you like !

this can help also :  http://support.gateway.com/s/Manuals/Mobile/8511180.pdf
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<<but laptop just no response, dead>>
Check if you have any micro switch, near the LCD screen. It could be sticky
and causing an issue.

Service manual for the exact model can be obtained via http://support.gateway.com/product/series.aspx?pid=2071
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ID: 35427174
change RAM ... do u hear any beeping nice.. or just wont start?

take out battery and just plug directly to power outlet to see if its a battery issue or charging..

Author Comment

ID: 35430306
this laptop is dead, i dont see anything happens when turning the power on, not even sound inside, or something,  i tried to hear just little sound inside when turn it on. The ac adaptor is fine. My guess is what grant1842 mentioned, could be the power jack. How to make sure it is power jack definitely? before doing all the soldering thing? can i buy power jack?
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did you remove devices as i suggested?  any results?

Author Comment

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not yet, that s why i asked, then i need to buy new power jack for gateway ma3, if someone can point me out a link to buy in ebay maybe? i guess i need to solder to remove old one, and add new one.
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here you can see how it'z done :  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjOVOLOW1Hc
amazon has them :  http://www.amazon.com/Gateway-Power-Jack-Socket-Connector/dp/B0040FTHVO

but why replace the jack BEFORE testing what the problem is??

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