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Fixing a Gateway SA6 with No Power and Cracked Screen (In Burnaby)

Updated on January 4, 2014
Power jack connector with middle leg disconnected.
Power jack connector with middle leg disconnected.
Power jack middle wire replaced. The broken wire from power jack was at the back.
Power jack middle wire replaced. The broken wire from power jack was at the back.
Filthy inside before clean up.
Filthy inside before clean up.
Fan clogged with dust before clean up.
Fan clogged with dust before clean up.
New thermal pad and thermal compound.
New thermal pad and thermal compound.
After replacing the sreen.
After replacing the sreen.
LCD frame with a piece broke off.
LCD frame with a piece broke off.
After gluing a piece of plastic to the frame.
After gluing a piece of plastic to the frame.
Ready to serve again.
Ready to serve again.

This Gateway SA6 was brought to me from a lady on 15Jun2013. It belongs to her brother. She wanted to replace the cracked screen and add back the battery charger.

Back at home, when I tested it with a universal AC power adapter, it did not power on. With it filthy body and LCD frame broken off a piece on the lower right corner, I hesitated to buy screen and battery charger for fixing it which might have other hidden problems inside.

I called the lady to inform her the power on problem. She told me that she saw it working in her brother's home. I was busy for work until end July that I had time to disassemble it. I checked the power jack connector and found that the middle leg was disconnected. I soldered all legs but it still did not have connection. I checked the back of the power jack connector. The wire to the back was broken. I found a copper wire of the same diameter and soldered one side to the back of the power jack connector and the other side to the motherboard. When I plugged in the battery charger, the charging light went on and I could power up the motherboard.

When assembling the laptop, I cleaned up the laptop parts with rubbing alcohol, removed the dust inside the fan and re-applied new thermal compound to the CPU. After charging, the battery ran for around 5 minutes. I tested the power up several times. At one time, the LCD screen backlight was off after the Gateway logo screen. I worried that the screen backlight was bad. I tested it over 10 times with AC power, the backlight was normal. When I tested it on low battery again, the LCD backlight was off which removed my worry that the backlight was bad.

For the missing piece of LCD frame, I cut a piece with same shape and glued it on the LCD frame. It looks better. For safety, I ordered a genuine battery charger on 31July2013. The owner picked it up in Dec 2013.

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