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I have a Gateway Solo 1450 that powers up but I get no visual nor sounds. The fan is running on it and the battery is fine. I tried to go into the bios settings when I first powered it up but I couldn't get a visual on the monitor. What should I do? Someone please help me, I am but a student and cant afford the cost of repair. And since I'm a newbie, I can't post a link but I have it if you need it.
Thanks to whomever comes to my rescue!!!
Last edited by a_beautifulgyrl; 12-05-2005 at 11:18 AM.
I do not understand your question, but as a guess, did you just install (or try to install) Linux and then lost your video? Did something else happen? (A little more history is necessary, including the version of Linux, the amount of RAM, hard drive space, etc. in your laptop.)
WE need more info. Was or did the laptop work with windoze? Was it working with Linux and then monitor quit? When you tried to access the bios what happened? Give as much info as you can, it will be helpful.
It worked with Linux, and then the visual was lost. Gateway sent the OS boot disk and the drivers disk with it but I can't see the screen to do anything on it. Its like it doesn't fire up. I can cut it on and I can't see if windows is booting up or anything.
Specifications for the Gateway Solo 1450 Notebook
Processor and core logic
One Intel ® Celeron-T™ CPU 1.3 GHZ
Level 2 cache
384 K integrated SRAM L2 cache (Celeron)
Processor side bus
133 MHz processor side bus
512 KB Flash ROM
SMBIOS (DMI) 2.3 support
ACPI 1.0b support
Synchronous DRAM system memory
Memory expansion options
Two 144-pin industrial standard
Accepts two PC-133 memory modules
No on-board memory
1024 MB maximum system memory
Uses Dynamic Video Memory Technology (DVMT)
8 MB frame buffer allocated by BIOS at POST
If the system has at least 128 MB memory, DVMT allows 32 MB in the OS.
If the system has at least 256 MB memory, DVMT allows 48 MB in the OS.
LCD display panel
14.1-inch active matrix (TFT) XGA (LVDS)
Variable backlight brightness
Maximum panel resolution: 1024 × 768
Maximum color depth: 24-bit
(16.7 million colors)
Maximum refresh rate: 60 Hz
Panning is supported at higher resolutions
Supports exclusive or simultaneous LCD/external monitor modes.
Silicon Labs Si3038 chipset (BCM4124 codec; Si3014-KS global line side device)
V.92/K56 data; V.17 fax soft modem
Wake On Ring/Caller ID support
AC'97 2.1 compliant internal design
Broadcom/Askey Mobile Daughter Card (MDC) design
Uses the RJ-11 jack on the left side of the notebook
10/100Mbps Ethernet interface
Integrated IEEE 802.3u (10/100 BASE-TX) Ethernet interface
Incorporates Intel ICH3-M integrated LAN controller and i82562ET Platform LAN Connect (PLC) device
Uses the RJ-45 jack on the left side of the notebook
Four programmable "hot keys" (default functions: launch e-mail, launch Web browser, launch help application, user definable)
Hard Drive access
Diskette drive access
CD/DVD drive access
Input/Output (I/O) ports
2 USB 1.1 (4-pin)
IEEE 1284 parallel port (D-25)
V.92 56K Modem (RJ-11)
10/100 Ethernet (RJ-45)
External monitor (high density D-15)
Stereo headphone output (stereo pin-jack)
Monophonic microphone input
PC Card sockets (one Type II or Type III)
Accepts one Type II or Type III card
16-bit PC Card support
32-bit CardBus support
O 2 Micro OZ6912 ACPI Card Bus controller
NOTE: This notebook does not support Zoom Video.
One Type 3A socket accessible through bottom of the chassis
Hard drive controller
Integrated in Intel 82801CAM I/O controller Hub 3 (ICH3-M)
Bus Master capability and synchronous DMA mode
100 MB/s maximum data transfer rate
PIO mode IDE transfer rates up to 16 MB/s
Hard drive 30GB
9.5 mm height
Super I/O controller
National PC87393 Super I/O device
LPC bus interface
Supports 3.5-inch, 1.44 MB capacity diskettes
Data transfer rates up to 500 Kbps
Maintains dynamically adjusted current flow for optimum charge
19 VDC, 3.16 A, 60 W output
Automatically adjusts for 100 to 230 VAC, 47 to 63 Hz power source
3-wire design; includes power LED
Removable eight-cell NiMH with embedded smart battery controller
Here are a few ideas, in the order in which you should consider them.
1. You were asked if the laptop posts. That is, do you get some kind of a splash screen with perhaps one or two text notices to hit <Esc> or <F2> to enter the BIOS? If it does not, the problem has to do with the computer itself, not Linux. If you are new, I do not think there is enough space in a forum to go through all the possibilities that may be going wrong. If you can get into the BIOS, you might look around and tell us if you see anything that looks unusual. You may not be familiar with everything, but some BIOSes will put errors in a different color to make them more visible.
2. I noticed the laptop supports external video. Do you have a computer monitor you can hook up to your laptop and see if you get an image?
3. Try a repair install. Insert the installation disk in the CD drive and restart the computer. You still have not mentioned the Linux distribution you are using, but I am reasonably sure all of them have a "repair" option.
did your computer come with linux already on it?
when you push your pwer button do you hear the fan start up and the hdd light turn on? do you hear any beeps if so is it just one beep or several beeps?