I have a 18 month old Sony Vaio Laptop which, last night, decided to give up the ghost.

When I power it up it turns on, I hear the hard drive come on an the fan start up. I even get a flash or two from the processor light. But then nothing the screens stay black and other than the power light, the fan and the hard drive there are no signs of life.

Any ideas would be gratefully recieved.

This is what I have tried so far.

1) Initially I thought that it was the screen but when I attach it to an external monitor the problem persits. Also if it was just the monitor and the system was booting correctly the NUM and CAPS lock lights would come up eventually, which they don't.

2)As I can hear hear the disc drive checking for discs I Inserted Vista disc in an attempt to boot from CD. No luck!

3)Removed battery, left for 20 minutes or so. I then inserted the power cable and held down power button for 1 minute. Apparantly this should initiate a hard reset, although I'm unsure if this is true or not but I thought it was worth a shot at this point.

4)Now i'm desperate. I open the beast up and check it's not been bathed by one of the kids. I also checked for any obvious signs of damage or cables having worked their way free. All seems fine.

4) Suspended it in a nice hot cup of tea! unfortunatley no finite amounts of improbaility were produced. Nor did it boot up.

Thanks for your help.