My gateway laptop last week decided to not start one day. I would hit the power on nutton, the hdd would spin for 3 seconds, then shut down, then wait 3-5 seconds and spin up for 3 seconds, then shut down for good. The screen never came on except one time and I managed to get the bios screen up once and ran a recovery (destructive, I was desperate) and reinstalled everything and it ran fine for about three days, then wouldnt start again today, exactly the same as before.

I took it apart, the fans dont run as soon as you press start, the cd drive does.

What and how should I start troubleshooting? my first three problems should be
2-bios reset
3- hard drive is toast

any ideas before i start throwing money at things that are not the problem?

Other notables, the led lights for the power are on, the back lightes buttons are on, the screen is blank/black.


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Last Post by hughv

You'd probably get an error message if it was the HD.
The fan problem needs to be solved, as they are probably causing the no boot situation.

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