Having problems with your Gateway M285-E Notebook ?

I have no POST or screen power when I turn on the laptop

\015 I recieved a refurbished model from my school upon graduation in December 08 and haven't had any problems with it until now. As I turned on the power I can hear the fans start up, the power light comes on, and the HD light is solid. After about a second the fans shut down, the HD light turns off, but the power stays on. The screen will not show anything, it doesn't even power up. I hear no beep tones. I have tried to reseat the RAM, both together and each individually to make sure I didnt have a bad memory stick. I reseated the HDD as well with no luck. I pluged into an external monitor with no avail. I even tried to reseat the CD drive in frustration. Any ideas would be very helpful. I am thinking it could be a BIOS problem and that I need to flash the BIOS, but how can I do that with out even being able to get into dos if that is a fix.\015\012\015\012Thanks in advance\015

Answers :

Try this.
\015\012Remove the main battery and power the laptop up - if it works connect the battery - no need to shutdown.
\015\012Next thing to try.
\015\012Remove the main battery and the BIOS battery wait 1/2 + hour, insert BIOS battery but not main battery - power up, configure BIOS Date & Time setting if OK connect main battery.
\015\012
\015\012If none of this work, you have a large paper weight.
\015\012You can salvage the hard disk and insert it into an USB hard drive adapter case and use it as an external USB hard drive.
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