How to Repair a Gateway Laptop


Just like any similar advanced technological device, a Gateway laptop may start off running efficiently but completely drop off over time due to any number of hard to define errors and problems. Repairing a computer is difficult due to the types of problems that must be addressed, but looking at basic problems and then attempting more advanced fixes will eventually lead you in the right direction.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Check the power source of your Gateway laptop. While you may have pressed and held the power button numerous times, have you checked the AC power adapter? Is the battery dead and the adapter not plugged into the wall? Is the adapter's power indicator light on, if it has one? Also, try plugging the adapter into several different outlets at your home/business, as the problem may lie not with the computer or the adapter, but with the wall power outlet.

  • Keep a close ear to your computer. Does it sound like it is running? More importantly, can you hear the Gateway laptop fan running? If the laptop fan is running, it may be an issue with your motherboard or your LCD screen. However, if the fan is not running, cooling is likely your problem and you will need to send the computer to Gateway to have a replacement fan installed.

  • Test to see whether the monitor is the problem, if your laptop fan is running correctly. To do so, use a VGA connector cable and plug it into the port on your Gateway. The other end should be plugged into an external monitor. Once this connection is made, turn on both your laptop and the external monitor and see if the monitor lights up. If it does not, proceed to Step 6 below. If it does, the issue is with your Gateway LCD screen.

  • Purchase a compatible LCD screen and install it. To install, use a small Phillips head screwdriver to unscrew the screws around the bevel of your current screen (make sure the power is off). Remove the bevel, and then lean the frame of the screen itself away from the rear bevel piece so that you may analyze the screws on the metal brackets on either side of the screen. Remove these screws.

  • Unplug the inverter cable from the inverter. The inverter is located at the bottom center of the LCD screen after the bevel is removed, and the plug goes into the side of the inverter. Then, slide the old screen out altogether, slide the new one in, and plug in the inverter. Replace the bracket screws and the bevel screws.

  • Purchase a new computer or send off the old one to a professional if the above steps do not work. If a professional cannot help, it is likely a motherboard failure. Do not replace the motherboard--instead, buy a new computer, as the motherboard will likely cost more than the current value of your Gateway.

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