So I was using my acer aspire v15 laptop which I got at the end of 2015 when all of a sudden the screen blacked out and the laptop sounded like it turned off or shut down. The thing is though, it didn't fully shut down as I could still see the blue light at the front of the laptop which has like a light bulb indicator symbol next to it. I can't remember the exact details if the laptop indeed did fully shut down the first time it happened but when I tried to turn it back on again after it being fully turned off the screen still wouldn't come on but the little blue light and fan/HDD sounded like it was still on. No matter how many times I try turning it on and holding the button down to turn it off again the screen would never do anything and judging from the fans whirring and the lights coming on every time I turn it on, it appears to be in this sort of pseudo-on state but it never boots past that.
I searched the internet for a bit and tried various things such as taking out the battery and having the laptop only connected by the charging cable then putting the battery back in etc., I took apart the laptop and tried taking the RAM stick out (8GB) and then putting it back together and turning it on to see if it would do a POST (?) but no beeping or anything happened, same black screen with semi-on state. I have the feeling that it's something to do with the motherboard or the gpu or the cpu or the connection between any of them? (Possibly the GPU but I don't know)
I read it could be the heat cycles affecting the laptop the most with the constant heating up and cooling down as I use hardware-intensive applications (mostly games). It did initially turn off when I was running dota 2 + chrome + a few other apps but nothing unusual from my point of view on how I usually use the laptop.
This happened yesterday evening and when I tried it again today same thing.
Any suggestions for fixing this semi-running black screen laptop would be much appreciated. I've already gone up to the point of unscrewing it/dismantling it and getting to the motherboard and all parts internally of the laptop so don't be afraid to ask me to do something that may or may not compromise the laptop further as I'm most likely going to find a new laptop to purchase anyway.
At this point I would just really like to know if I can find out what's wrong with my laptop without having to pay some guy who may or may not be able to repair it and then charge me something which is worth more than the laptop's current value itself.
I attached two photos so you can see how it looks before and after I turn it on. (The one with the blue light at the front is when it's turned on) I can add more pictures if people would like of the inside, I just don't want to have to unscrew everything right now after putting it back together.