2.5 year old Sony VAIO wont turn on

My 2.5 year old sony VAIO VPCEB13FX/BI suddenly stopped working.

I was typing away (work, I don't use it for gaming), and it made a slight pop then immediately shut off.

Now when I press the power button, it lights, then immediately turns off.

Sony said it sounded like a fan or thermal shift problem that would take weeks and $300 to fix which is not an option.

A local repair store said it needed a new motherboard that would cost $300-400 and that I should just buy a new computer as their experience with Sony's has been negative.

Can anyone help me sort out what is the real issue and what to do next?

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  1. sounds like a hardware failure on the Motherboard level

    either you find a used motherboard and install it yourself

    or invest the money into a new laptop and transfer the data from the old hard drive over
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