A budy of mine gave me his laptop to look at as it's not working. He knows I build my own computers so he wanted me to look at it. This is what I have found so far: When I turn the laptop on the dvd player does the usual test mode and the hard drive spins up, the LED display screen turns on for a split second and turns off, for the brief milisecond (and I mean milisecond) it's on it has dark verticle lines that show up and then the display goes blank. The hard drive light never turns on and the only light that is on is the small power light. I don't think the computer is even getting to the bios. I've tried F8, Delete, and Ctrl Alt Delete and nothing happens. He told me he was getting a warning of some kind that he kept ignoring before it quit working. I've removed the hard drive, battery pack and memeory and it still doesn't do anything. I don't think it's the display as I don't hear the hard drive working when I put my ear next to the computer. I thought it might be the graphics, but now I think it may be the mainboard. I plugged the laptop into a CRT monitor and it only turns it on for a split second and then the monitor turns off. The display signal works for a milisend. I'm wondering if it's the AC adapter or the mainbaord. Any ideas??