My laptop (Gateway NV79) is failing to recognize the mobo after about a year of owning it. I tried the HD in the other slot, still nothing, which isn't helping me narrow down if it's the HDD or the MB. Sorry about these poor quality pics, but what I am showing you is a dark black spot, which looks like aftermath of a failure of some sort.
I am able to boot my compute with a recovery disk with no prob., other than it being unable to detect a HDD.
My main question here is, how can I;
1. Avoid buying a new HDD just to test it to confirm if it's the HDD or the MB.
2. Not bring it to a computer repair place. (Broke as a joke during the holidays!)
My only other computer is a desktop, but I don't think I am able to test the drives in that computer. Correct me if I'm wrong.