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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-30-2002, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Can't figure this one out

Gateway 800 clereon, windows 98 SE. Been in contact with them 6 or 7 times now and they can't figure it out so they want me to drive 1.5 hours to give them my computer for 1+ weeks under warranty.

IT DOESN'T DO IT ALL THE TIME. It didn't do it brand new, it started doing this about 2 months after I got it. Sometimes, i'll shutdown the computer at night, come home from work the next day, turn on the computer, it loads fine, looks fine but doesn't act fine. When I start to type in any application, different letters come up than what i'm typing. And after about 2-5 minutes the computer will stop right where it's at and reboot. Once it reboots it is fine. If i were to just restart my computer it will never do it. It only seems to do it if the computer sits "off" for a while. Not always though. I've been in contact with Norton, they've declared it to NOT have any viruses. I've gotten a new keyboard from gateway, same problem. I've had gateway walk me through the process of writing zeros and re-formatting and installing software again. Problem still there. I've done clean boots, problem still showed up. Any suggestions, i really don't want to bring it in. I'm ready to tell gateway what they can do with there cow, i'll even buy the vasoline. MOOOOO!


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-31-2002, 12:38 PM
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You most likely have a bad motherboard. Your keyboard is fine, the software is fine, but your keystrokes don't register correctly and your system reboots at undesired times.

The port your keyboard is plugged into is connected to the motherboard and system reboots (barring software causes) can often be traced to bad motherboards - along with CPU and RAM issues. However, since your keyboard port (whether it be AT, PS/2 or USB) is also flakey, I doubt that it's RAM or the CPU.
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Same here, sounds like the motherboard is a pile. Keyboard controller is probably asta.

The real problem is, why would you buy a Gateway. FWI you better hurry up & get it fixed.

I don't see Gateway being around much longer
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It could actually be a number of different things. My guess is that it might actually be the CPU, but the only way to check is to swap out processors. I could be wrong but in my experience, processors can do weird things because they are so temperature sensitive. I don't know about Celerons, but AMD chips are EXTREMELY heat sensitive. I can't be sure its that either. It just might as well be the motherboard especially with a Gateway. Your best bet is to have them look at it...Unfortunately.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-04-2002, 09:47 PM
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My cousin has the same problem, she has an AMD in her Gateway though
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What a pile, i've even had better Packard Bells than this computer, and I thought they were junk. :mad:
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-05-2002, 08:46 AM
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Hey i just a bought a gateway i hope they dont go out of buisnes.
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