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January 25, 2011 3:20:09 PM

My computer a gateway fx 6800 won t boot anymore, the power push button lights on and off as soon as the thing is plugged in the wall. What does that mean.


gateway fx 6800
intel core i7 920
gateway tbgm01 mainboard
ati radeon hd4870
9G DDR3


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a c 103 V Motherboard
January 25, 2011 10:16:46 PM

Welcome, Newcomer. This could mean that you have a short circuit in the power button. The power button is actually just a push button toggle. The toggle opens and closes the power switch circuit on the motherboard.

Because this is a prebuilt system, you may find that testing this theory will be difficult. However, for shits and giggles, open up your case. Trace the wiring from the power button to the motherboard. If the wires stop in a plastic connector that attaches to the motherboard, pull off the entire connector. If the wires connect straight to the motherboard, remove just the wires that connect to the toggle.

Now that the power switch pins are exposed, you can jump the pins by using a flathead screwdriver. Doing this should turn on the power to the motherboard, if not, continue reading.

The next suspect would be the Power Supply Unit, or PSU. A PSU has two basic functions:

1. To convert AC power into DC power, which is what your computer needs; and
2. To distribute DC power to connected peripheral.

The PSU typically fails at step 2. This is apparent by testing the voltages with a multimeter. Another way to test if the PSU is the problem is by swapping it out with a known working PSU.
January 26, 2011 12:48:32 PM

T_T said:
Welcome, Newcomer. This could mean that you have a short circuit in the power button. The power button is actually just a push button toggle. The toggle opens and closes the power switch circuit on the motherboard.

Because this is a prebuilt system, you may find that testing this theory will be difficult. However, for shits and giggles, open up your case. Trace the wiring from the power button to the motherboard. If the wires stop in a plastic connector that attaches to the motherboard, pull off the entire connector. If the wires connect straight to the motherboard, remove just the wires that connect to the toggle.

Now that the power switch pins are exposed, you can jump the pins by using a flathead screwdriver. Doing this should turn on the power to the motherboard, if not, continue reading.

The next suspect would be the Power Supply Unit, or PSU. A PSU has two basic functions:

1. To convert AC power into DC power, which is what your computer needs; and
2. To distribute DC power to connected peripheral.

The PSU typically fails at step 2. This is apparent by testing the voltages with a multimeter. Another way to test if the PSU is the problem is by swapping it out with a known working PSU.


Thank you T_T for your answer. I did the trick with the flat screwdriver and nothing happened. I checked the power supply with a multimeter and the readings were all well within the tolerance range.

What next, does that mean the motherboard is defective.
a c 103 V Motherboard
January 26, 2011 3:48:36 PM

The next thing I would do is breadboard. This is accomplished by building your system outside of the case, just to rule out any case shorts. However, even if there were a short somewhere, your system would still show some signs of life.
Normally what would happen is the heatsink fan would spin about half of one revolution. If you say that "nothing" happened when you jumped the circuit, I don't think you have a short.

Similarly, if you've tested the PSU and the voltages are within range, then chances are you have a bad mobo. If the breadboarding doesn't help, check your mobo thoroughly for any tell-tale signs; bulging capacitors, for example.
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