The fact that it is a notebook and not a desktop PC would be something to
mention right off the bat.
What model Gateway is it? As Cody mentioned, you may be in for some big time
spending now that it is out of warranty. It still may be a heat problem,
though, and possibly fixable. Download and install HWMonitor ( http://www.cpuid.com/hwmonitor.php
). Start it right after you boot up and
let it run for a while as you do things on the notebook. The items to watch
are the CPU and graphics temps. After it runs for a bit, post back the
maximum and minimum temps shown.
As a side note, if you do need to get it worked on, find a reputable shop in
town (not the Geek Squad or any of the big chain places). Ask friends,
relatives, or acquaintances for experiences they may have had at different
places. As a last resort contact Gateway- they sold out a while back and
their support is being covered (not too well) by another company, MPC. From
personal experience with Gateway and my notebook problems, I'd let
Jimmmyjoe's Liquor Store and PC Sales work on it before I sent it to Gateway
if I couldn't fix it myself.
"darkangelofhell666" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Uhm... I'm not exactly sure. I would assume it is built in because it's
> a laptop but I'm really not a computer savvy person so I honestly don't
> know. As for the AGP or PCIe, I'm not even sure what those are. And my
> laptop is about a year and a half old now. But this problem has existed
> since I first got it. I just didn't think to resolve the problem until
> I recently reinstalled my OS, and had to download all my drivers again
> from the Gateway website (for my Gateway laptop, obv.) so I'm pretty
> sure they are updated, but again, the problem has existed for forever.SC
> Tom;1090587 Wrote:
>> Is the video built into the motherboard, or do you have an AGP or PCIe
>> card installed? How old is this system? Check the inside of the case
>> dust bunnies, hair, etc. around any heatsinks, on any fans and fan
>> especially around the CPU and GPU.
>> As Rick said, also check for new/updated drivers. If there are no newer
>> ones than what is already installed, re-install the one you are
>> using. You may have to uninstall it first. If the video is on-board,
>> with your PC or motherboard manufacturer for them. If it's a video
>> check on the card manufacturer's web site.
>> SC Tom