Solved Problems rebooting PC that sat unplugged for 2 years

August 3, 2014 at 15:06:28
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a Gateway PC with windows vista installed. it's been sitting for about 2 years unplugged.
it started up then, but now when you turn it on, the power light comes on, the light in the keyboard and mouse flicker as usual, the fan turns on. It wouldn't even open the disc door. Now, i can get it to open. I put a disk in hoping it would read it and start to reboot, but it won't read it.It could possibly have a bug. Is there any way to get it to reboot, or start it in doss and get it to go that you know of?

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August 3, 2014 at 15:45:21
Presumably this is a desktop/tower system? If so:

Any display information at all; anything show on the screen (even if only briefly)?

When being stored and then "resurrected" it may be that a few internal connections may have become less firm (due to the manual handling of the unit); on-board plugs displaced, cards loosened etc.; also possibly one or more may cards require their edge connectors cleaning? Edge connectors can be cleaned with a soft pencil eraser, re-installed, then removed and re-installed (the removal/re-install a couple of times is to hopefully also clean the edge connector socket itself).

It may be the psu has suffered a little in storage, a capacitor or two may have decided to dry out/leak or otherwise fail. Do you have a voltmeter, and perhaps the manual for the PC? If so check the voltages around the system to see if they're as they ought to be?

When next you post back, actual model details the Gateway would be useful...

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August 3, 2014 at 17:48:09
Yeah, what if anything shows on the screen? Any beeps? Are you sure the monitor is good?

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August 3, 2014 at 20:22:31
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Also probably CMOS coin battery will need to be replaced (since it has been unplugged for that long) and then the BIOS will need to be reset to default settings and time/date set.

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