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Old 05-26-2009, 05:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a friends Gateway laptop and i'm trying to do them a favor and fix it. I've determined that the motherboard is fried and needs to be replaced. Problem is I can't find an exact replacement as far as the model number goes. There are 2 model numbers on the back of the laptop. The first is MA3, and the number I can't match is MX6431. I've found a bunch which have the model number MA3. They seem to be the same shape with the same components in the same spots. But I don't want to buy one and have it not be compatible for some reason. Can anyone help me out?

Here's a link to what i'm looking at:
Gateway MA3 MX6446 Motherboard 31MA3MB00A3 fully Tested - eBay (item 140319165096 end time Jun-05-09 16:45:46 PDT)
GATEWAY MA3 MX6450 AMD MOTHERBOARD CPU RAM 31MA3MB0030 - eBay (item 370203262617 end time May-28-09 09:57:05 PDT)

And if not, can someone point me in the direction of the right part?

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I found this during my never ending search:

Gateway Motherboard 31MA3MB00A3 for Gateway Models 4006133R,MX6439, MX6446, MX6447, MX6431

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Gateway Motherboard 31MA3MB00A3 for Gateway Models 4006133R,MX6439, MX6446, MX6447, MX6431
Looks like the first link will work according to this.
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Please don't double post, use the edit button at the bottom right of the first post.

If it says it works, maybe it will. That's a lot of money to fix a laptop, how old is it? What kind of hardware does it have in it?
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Please don't double post, use the edit button at the bottom right of the first post.

If it says it works, maybe it will. That's a lot of money to fix a laptop, how old is it? What kind of hardware does it have in it?
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Specs here: MX6431 Notebook Specifications


Not sure how old it is.
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It's all good.

Hmm. It seems to be fairly old. If a motherboard is going to cost over 300 bucks, you may want to talk them into getting a decent new machine. Just my two cents.

From what I can tell, the mobo you have should work.
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Hmm. It seems to be fairly old. If a motherboard is going to cost over 300 bucks, you may want to talk them into getting a decent new machine. Just my two cents.

From what I can tell, the mobo you have should work.
I hear ya, but they have literally NO money. I took the laptop from them over 6 months ago to fix it (tried a new DC jack, and discovered it needs the motherboard) and they haven't been able to come up with any cash in that amount of time. I plan to get the thing fixed, set up a payment plan with them, and give it to them when they're done paying. I also wouldn't opt for the $300 one, I would go with one of the eBay listings I posted to keep cost down.

I'm just hoping someone has experience with this sort of thing with a Gateway.
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