Laptop won't boot or start

Charles - Oct 21, 2009 at 04:30 AM
 Lenrok258 - Jan 5, 2010 at 03:38 AM

My Gateway laptop recently just stopped working. Literallly powered down whilst I was using it and it since won't start. I push the power button and I can hear the fans start - all lights come on as usual - I hear it momentarily engage the HD then nothing.

Gateway logo (which comes on before bios option) doesn't even come on. I have questions if it is the screen or what but I don't know. Tried removing memory, battery, hd and resitting them all to no avail.

Tried holding down power button, pressing f8 as soon as it comes on - neither worked.

Totally out of ideas. I think it may be a bad motherboard (I thought I was computer savy, but this has got me stumped). Any idea what else to try?

Any suggestions?

2 replies

closeup22 Posts 8924 Registration date Friday May 15, 2009 Status Member Last seen October 7, 2010 2,108
Oct 21, 2009 at 11:19 AM
hi there,

if you a recovery cd try to boot from it

or any other live cd like linux

if this boots up with live cd then make a system repair fro windows

installation cd or recovery disk


I've had the same problem.
The solution was to put the battery and AC cable out and for about 20minutes
and than try again. Maybe it will help in Your situation as well.

Unfortunately I've no clue what was the reason of such behavior.