I have an Acer Aspire 5520 laptop that I have been using for 3-4 years. Besides overheating and short battery life, I hadn't had any problems until today. Yesterday it was running fine, but today the screen stays black when I boot it up. The screen doesn't turn black - it stays black as if I hadn't booted up at all. I haven't installed any new software. I haven't dropped it, so it should have no recent physical damage. It had 2 GB RAM and about 100-150 GB free space, so that shouldn't be a problem either. I haven't had any malware problems recently.
When I boot it up, it makes the noise it always does when booting up - fan running, and a few clicks coming from the CD drive. The BIOS light flashes normally. No strange beeps or anything. I have to close it manually afterwards. I'm thinking the display card has failed somehow, but is there any way I can know for sure or fix it?
I tried to run it after unplugging all USB drives, the mouse and the cooling pad. I ran it while charged and when not getting charged, but it still doesn't work.
I use W7 by the way, if it's relevant in any way.
Edited by g.k., 30 April 2012 - 07:30 AM.