I have a Gateway NV53 laptop with AMD M880G with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 and AMD Athlon II Dual-Core M300. It's only 3 years old. But lately whenever I turn it off and turn it back on, the screen doesn't turn on. Not even the lights that show caps lock, num lock, cpu usage, etc. But the fan turns on like normal. I have to try turning it on and off at least 30 times before it starts working again. But when it's on, it lasts weeks without any problems.
My roommate had the same exact laptop. However, about a month before this issue, he said his computer's graphics card had died. Then when I showed him the issue with my computer and he said that his computer started doing the same thing before it completely stopped working.
So does anyone know if there is some recall on the graphics card or at least a way to fix it? I'd call Gateway, but it's been 3 years plus I can't find my receipt.
Laptops have many strange quarks and issues when something goes wrong. Unfortunately, in my experience, multiple different problems can have the exact same symptoms. Check these two links out and see if you can’t find the problem: