Hardware: Gateway #NV53A (NEW95); 4gb memory; 320gb HDD
Laptop was purchased in 2011
Wife was on computer, playing game on Facebook. Everything froze up so she did a forced shutdown. She restarted computer and, though the power light came on, the screen was black.
I tried plugging in an external monitor but that did not come up either. On the monitor, the power button is amber until it get input from laptop, at which point it turns green. The light never turned green.
I then removed the covers from the bottom of the laptop and blew everything clean with compressed air.
Turned the power back on and still nothing. While powering up, I noticed that I only heard the dvd start up; no fan, no hard drive. The hard drive light does not come on at all.
Looked on some boards for help and seems like it could be either the hard drive or the memory.
I'm leaning towards hard drive and wondering how tricky it is to replace. The only hardware work I've down was replacing hard drive and graphics card in dresktop tower many moons ago.
Thanks in advance for any opinions and/or suggestions.