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Not sure about Gateway but Dells have a diagnostics partition/utility that you access by hitting F2 at power on/POST. You might check and see if your gateway has the same so you can run a full diag on your system.
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Don't know whats wrong with it. Now when I power it on, the screen stays black. Almost as if the monitor wasn't even hooked up. I tested the monitor on another computer and it works.
It seems like in the last 24 hours it when from blue screen, to disc read error, to black only screen.
It could be anything from a bad cable to bios settings to a bad cpu. It's really tough to know without having the computer to work with. I'd start with the cables though, since it's the cheapest route. The other option would be to install windows XP to a flash drive and try to boot from that. If that works, you should be able to install a fresh copy of Vista from there. As far as HDD's, look on ebay. I've found some really nice high capacity hard drives for under $50.
How old is the computer? Is your battery on the MB dead? Is it a black screen before or after the POST? Can you get to your BIOS menu?
I would have to disagree spidey, a bad motherboard is more likely if you ask me. Granted, it's mostly dells my company supports, but I've only seen a couple bad processors, but a couple dozen bad mobos.
Also, a bad CMOS battery is unlikely, but you might try popping it out and back in to reset the bios.
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are you a student? there is a $30 copy of Windows 7 Available:
Windows 7 Professional $29.99 (.edu email required) - Slickdeals.net
There are Linux operating systems that are totally free. The most common is:
Download | Ubuntu
Some of the troubleshooting and installing is a pain. Find a teenager with lots of pimples and give them $20...
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No longer a student but my wife finished her masters about 2 years ago. I wonder if her edu email still works?
You can download Ubuntu and burn the iso to a cd or dvd.
You may then boot your old pc from the cd or dvd and run linux from the live cd in order to inspect and perform analysis upon your existing pc.
With the live cd/dvd you can salvage files, check read/write capability, verify system functions, network, hardware, etc.
If you find that you like Ubuntu you can select to install from the main boot up menu from the cd or dvd or from within Ubuntu itself.
Download | Ubuntu
If you have any questions about burning an iso please post.
To me, it sounds like a bad motherboard. Since it was having read errors on the hard drive, you would suspect that, but its also having problems reading from the disc drive too, and having multiple parts fail at the same time is unlikely. The motherboard would explain all the problems you are having.
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