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Well, it obviously isn't getting power enough to boot. Take the battery out and use the ac adapter only. If you have the means, determine if the ac adapter is providing the correct voltage.
Also, try re-seating the memory.
Let me know what happens.
Good luck

Gateway MX6956... | Answered on Sep 25, 2019

no OS stated and is infected, sure.
no answers possible ever.
buy w7 from Microsoft and load it.
"Now when i try to redownload windows"

what does that mean, and what windows version.
install media it is called now.
and comes in only these forms not once stated by you.
let me guess, (is fact) it is 13 years old today 2005 made
and did have XP on it , the virus magnet from H3LL it is.
so is it still stinky rotten XP and you are the last person on earth using XP>? seems so, right?

XP also hates SATA chip. HDD SATA ports are dead
with the installer, and is tricky F6, mode, floppy drive , to install the working driver,
so that is true or the IDE HDD is dead.
your hdd is SATA disk I looked it up.
and most XP boot media can not see it.
only Gate way media works here.

buy W7 and install that. is the best cure.
in dog years this PC is 91 years old, we retire them that old.
all of them. next will be dead LCD back lamps.

Gateway MX6956... | Answered on Sep 28, 2018

The jack is soldered to the mo bo. If that is the only thing wrong all you have to do is open up the unit carefully, get access to the mo bo, resolder it and reassemble everything. A real PIA job but do able. Good luck

Gateway MX6956... | Answered on Sep 18, 2017

When you connect the power, does the charge light lit up? this would tell you the power is transmitted to the battery, wich would mean your DC-jack (where the power goes in) is fine, and the problem might be fixed by:
  1. removing the battery,
  2. remove the power,
  3. hold powerbutton for 20 secs,
  4. re-insert power jack(not battery)
  5. press power on button.

If that didnt work, try the following to determine the DC-jack is the problem:
  1. remove battery
  2. insert power into dc-jack
  3. gently press the power plug into various directions while constantly pressing and releasing the power button.
  4. at some point the laptop should respond by turning on, meaning that you have a faulty dc-jack, which needs re-soldering or even relacement by soldering to repair.

Maybe you also notice that the power connector is very loose in the dc-jack, this might tell you that the dc-jack is the problem..

hope it helps..

Gateway MX6956... | Answered on Oct 15, 2013

Hi Kenneth,
Have you checked to see if the charge connector on the laptop is loose when you plug the charger into it? You can see if it is by plugging it in and wiggle it around a bit. The charge light on the laptop might stop blinking if its moved and contact is made.


Gateway MX6956... | Answered on Aug 01, 2013

C. All / Both is your answer.

Gateway MX6956... | Answered on Dec 09, 2010


It seems that you have a corrupt user partition on your drive which is stopping you from doing a recovery.

What you will need to do is delete the partition(s) on your Gateway by using a system repair utility CD. ERD Commander 2005 or Bart are utilites that will allow you to boot from a CD and then delete the partitions.

You could also use a friend's Windows XP CD just to delete the partitions.

Once this is done, you should be able to re-install your OS (assuming there is no physical damage on the hard disk.

Hope this helps.

Gateway MX6956... | Answered on Dec 08, 2010

Hello, You can increase the volume of your laptop by, first check the speaker and headphone icon whether it is set to 100%.You can see it in the system tray or by the right hand side at the bottom of your screen or at the control panel,click on SOUND and increase the volume. Note the software you are using like window media center, VLC player, real player and the likes should also be increase to maximum, then if your computer has an external control for the volume, make sure you increase it to the maximum. HOPE THIS HELPS

Gateway MX6956... | Answered on Nov 23, 2010

this is the same problem that I have. It was not my battery, but the dcjack/motherboard. gateway will fix it for 350$, as they told me the motherboard and the jack are one piece. I am going to look into possibly replacing the dc jack only. check with computek, inc in missouri.

Gateway MX6956... | Answered on Jun 06, 2010


If your screnn is not showing up anything, even the BIOS screen while booting up. Then it could have damaged the Graphics card. You'll have to mostly replace *********** board. Your vendor can provide you a replacement price instead of buying a brand new one.

To avoid these scenerios of graphics card buring out, i would suggest to use the laptop keeping on a flat surface, especially not on pillows, bed and lap. Also dont use the laptop always connected to the power adapted. Connect only when the battery goes down. This will increase the battery life too.

Gateway MX6956... | Answered on Mar 25, 2010


This is a problem of most of the Motherboard on laptops, I work for dell, and some of the laptops have also this problem. But it says, battery unknown or ac adapter unknown in the BIOS, and battery cannot be charged. We usually replace the Motherboard and Ac adapter. .. There is no problem on your battery, the problem is on the motherboard even if you flashed the BIOS. It will still not be detected.

Hope this helps.

Gateway MX6956... | Answered on Mar 07, 2010

Us Xp Os cd to repair the system.

Gateway MX6956... | Answered on Nov 17, 2009

Power down, remove battery, remove the drive. Power up and boot fully, then shutdown. Reinstall the drive, then power up and see if it read the DVD. Also clean the lens. If still don't work, replaced the drive.

Gateway MX6956... | Answered on Nov 16, 2009

U probably just need to install all the drivers for ur pc. Here is a link to them: http://support.gateway.com/support/drivers/search.asp?param=mx6956&x=0&y=0&st=kw
Hope this helps u and plz dont forget to vote :)

Gateway MX6956... | Answered on Nov 04, 2009

You may have a defective CCFL backlight, it may have the following symptom: Screen flashs on red/pink and off. Picture stays on in red and slowly be come normal. Picture flickering with dim display or appear black. Picture flickering on and off. All these symptoms indicate that the LCD backlight lamp (CCFL Lamp) has reached the end of the life and all you need to do is replacing the CCFL lamp.
Connect an external monitor to your laptop and power the monitor up first then the laptop, if you see the normal Windows images then the video card and laptop is OK and the problem is definitely the backlight. Dim image and/or dark display on the laptop's LCD screen indicates a faulty LCD backlight and it could be the inverter that supplies high voltage to the CCFL lamp or it is the CCLF lamp is nearly burnt out or burnt out, most likely this is the case.
The inverter can be replaced easily but the CCLF lamp is more time consuming and requires soldering skills.
Check out

Gateway MX6956... | Answered on Sep 10, 2009

unplug everything from your laptop unplug the power from the laptop close it and turn it over remover the battery open and hold the on button(battery is still removed) for a 10 count, replace the battery
turn on you can plug the power cord if needed the prob. should be fixed

Gateway MX6956... | Answered on Jul 08, 2009


please try these step .

first try to change the boot menu of the computer.change the setting from hardisk to cd rom in bios option of the computer

2nd once the computer tries to boot it will give you an option to repair the operating system or to reinstall the operating system

click on to the repair option and the file that is missing for the boot ,it will get repaired and your computer will be fixed .or else what i can suggest write me an email with you phone number so that i can call you and can fix the computer for you .
email address-ullekhtandon@gmail.com

Gateway MX6956... | Answered on Jul 08, 2009

Not more than $100.00

Gateway MX6956... | Answered on Jan 08, 2009

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