Help With Finding POST Codes for Gateway mobo (Part 2)

July 14, 2014 at 12:41:53
Specs: Windows 7

Hello recently posted a question (see link above) concerning a problem I was having with a Gateway desktop SX2855-UB10P it would just spin up and shut down when turned on someone suggested it was possibly the buildup of the thermal compound there was quite a bit on the CPU but after a through cleaning it turned out not to be the case, so I read about a POST card tired it on a new build I was also having problems with and it immediately identified the problem and that machine is now up and running.

The problem with the Gateway is I don't know what bios is on the machine and was hoping someone might know or be able to help me tract down the POST codes for this machine, I'm convinced that one I have that information I hope to be able with the help of a friend identify the problem. Once again thanks for all the help believe me it is GREATLY appreciated.


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July 14, 2014 at 13:35:14
Thermal compound does not "build up". If the system had been working OK & then developed a problem, it's highly unlikely thermal paste was the issue. But since you apparently removed the old compound, it's extremely important that the new compound was applied correctly. I believe your system has a single core Celeron G460? The proper paste application is the "middle dot" method. Just apply small dot of paste about the size of a grain of rice in the center of the CPU, then mount the heatsink. That's all there is to it. If you did it differently, you did it incorrectly.

As for "POST cards" (I assume you mean the type that fit in a PCI slot), they're generally a waste of money. All motherboards/BIOS will emit beep codes but if the board doesn't have a built-in piezo speaker, you need to have a case speaker connected to the board to be able to hear them.

If you tell us the beep pattern, one of us should be able to tell you what the problem is.

Try these:

EDIT: the link to your other post wasn't there when I 1st responded. I see that I helped you in the other thread. Did you change the CPU or are you back using the original?

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July 14, 2014 at 14:14:00
If it's just spinning up for a few seconds and then shutting off I doubt you're getting any beeps, or was that one of the other computers you mentioned? Otherwise I assume the beep codes would be in one of the user guides for that model.

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July 15, 2014 at 11:00:51
My friend is a computer tech and uses these cards all the time. And like I said just used one on a new build that wouldn't boot and it found the problem immediately!!!!!!!!! turned out to be memory related and he said he never would have thought that would had been the problem without the card. SO YES they are extremely effective, So if used properly and if you know the bios it can extremely effective in resolving problems with systems that refuse to boot up as attested to countless times on You Tube, and other forums.

So back to my original question does anyone know the bios for this machine if I can find that out I can take it from there. Thanks!!


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July 15, 2014 at 21:10:10
The bios update for that model uses an 'ami firmware update utility' so-o-o maybe AMI? It's apparently the same utility for Acer, Gateway, Emachine and Packard Bell.

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July 16, 2014 at 09:35:42
Hi yes I just found the motherboard with the help of a friend and it is AMI. Thanks I'll report back when I pull the codes.


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