I have a Gateway P-6860FX laptop that is not booting. I previously had a blue screen hardware error the night previous while gaming (Screen glitched up with horizontal lines, went to blue screen). The next morning I attempted to boot it, but it went to start-up repair. There the screen was weird and had similar horizontal lines that were in the normally black area around the repair box (moving mouse around caused weird glitchy effects).
It tried to restart after that, and it did not boot. Now it continues not to boot. The screen turns "on" (lights up black), and the keyboard lights turn on, including the wireless indicator and num-lock (hard drive lights blinks on a couple times then off). The fans do not run at all. I have tried various fixes (Memory and Hard Drive Reseating, as well as power button 30 sec. press, External Monitor Plugged In) to no avail.
Anything I can do short of taking it to my local repair shop?
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In short, no! You describe classic graphics failure. Your repair shop will telly you that you need a new motherboard, 9 times out of 10 you don't. The usual cause is a break in the soldering between the graphics chip and the motherboard. This can usually be repaired with a …
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