Posted 07 November 2008 - 02:50 PM
Add one more to the list of Gateway owners with this same problem. I recently purchased a GT5034 for $100 from a friend who was tired of trying to get a straight answer on how to fix the problems she was having, with the major one being no output from the video card. After two years with a GeForce 7600GS card in it, it stopped recognizing it. She then took it to BestBuy (BIG mistake) who proceeded to "fix" it so that it would only run in safe mode. Nice. They then sold her a new computer. She pulled the video card and sold it, and was planning on parting out the Gateway when I came along.
I've tried other cards, and the PCIe slot is just plain dead. A reformat and recovery run from the recovery partition got it back up and running with the 6100 integrated graphics, but for some reason, that only lasted about a week. Now when I try to start it, the fans run full speed and there is no signal to the monitor from the mobo integrated graphics. Seemed strange, since it was working fine, but now that I see how many people are having these problems with the Foxconn/Gateway board, I'm not surprised. Other than this Foxconn, I can see no other boards available that would fit the Gateway BTX case and support the AMD cpu, and all the used C51GU01's for sale are broken. There are a few Intel BTX boards around at reasonable prices, if you're willing to replace the cpu as well.
I've already obtained an ATX-form MSI socket 939 board on eBay for $35, and plan to transplant everything to that board and then into my son's homebuilt ATX computer that's currently running a single core Athlon XP. It should be a nice upgrade for him.
In Gateway's defense - I've had 4 Gateway desktops and 2 laptops, and this is the first time I've seen this level of problem with one of their machines. I've always had good luck with Gateway, and have always been able to do any upgrades or additions to their computers without hassle. As for BTX, my current "main PC" is a BTX form-factor Gateway with an Intel board and cpu, and it's been just fine. As one of the other posts above mentioned, BTX looked like the wave of the future back in 2005, and Gateway, Dell, and several others no doubt thought they were leading the pack by adopting it. With a lack of BTX support from the aftermarket, Intel ceased development of the design in late 2006, and OEMs like Gateway and Dell have gone back to using std. ATX boards.