Gateway M675, 3.0 Ghz P4, 2 GB RAM, Vista won't boot

January 22, 2012 at 19:44:45
Specs: Windows Vista Ultimate, 3.0 Ghz P4 / 2 GB
How can I confirm my motherboard is dead? Gateway M675 PRR, 3.0 P4 hyper-thread, 2GB RAM, running Vista Ultimate. Was not doing anything except listening to music (1by1 player, pretty lightweight) when it quit & now it doesn't want to boot. Battery is good & light is on, power light comes on but hard drive light does not. It appears to stop doing anything 10-15 seconds after I turn it on. Fans run as will the CD/DVD drive if a disc is there but then stops after about 20 seconds. HDD, RAM & battery are working fine in another laptop so they are not the issue. BIOS posting normally starts on my screen immediately but nary a flicker or flitter. Cannot access BIOS setup or do anthing that changes it behavior beyond the CD in or out. . Could it be the CPU or something other than the motherbboad & how can I tell if the processor is good without pulling it? I also lost my router & a wireless keyboard (but not the mouse) in the week/10-days prior & the day before it died it would not recognize either of 2 wireless mice nor my ipod. Coincidential router/keyboard fatalities or possibly a worm or gremlin... Whattaya think??
PS No high-speed thru the router but old fashioned dial-up directly connected to that pc.

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January 22, 2012 at 22:46:13
Woah, a 3GHz P4 in a laptop. I bet it's overheating. Try blasting all of the cooling vents with canned air or an air compressor.

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January 23, 2012 at 10:52:59
Oh yeah, always has so I keep it on a cooler & do pull the back off a coupla times a year & use a soft paint brush & an air compressor (with pressure turned WAY down, 90 psi can do more harm than good). This laptop had been ruunnninng pretty much 24/7 for nearly a year without a problem. Nothing had been changed, installed or un, nor had it been moved, dropped, etc for a few months at least. Thanks for the suggestion tho. When I bought it used about 2 yrs ago the wads of cat hair, dust & ?? inside amazed me that it hadn't fried...

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