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Laptop comes on, screen stays black?

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So, last night whilst working in googledocs, my laptop did a hard shut down by itself, with no apparent reason. When I turned it back on, the screen stayed black... the HD and fan are whirring, and acting as if they're on, but the display is black.

I plugged it into an external monitor, but the monitor acted as if it was getting no signal. I also tried to power cycle it, but that didn't help either. I'm starting to think it's the video card, but some people are saying it could be my hard drive?

Anyway, any help would be appreciated. If it's the video card, I feel like I'm pretty screwed (since it's a laptop).

Oh, forgot to mention-- the laptop is a Gateway P-7915u FX.

Thanks.
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If it were the HD that wouldn't make your screen not come on - at the very worst the computer would post and you would get an error message about the hard drive. Most likely case is the video card is done since neither an external display nor the laptop display show anything. If an external display had shown an image it could have been your laptop display.

Seems like it would be a laptop worth fixing (pretty good specs), even if it cost you a couple $$ to have it fixed by gateway it would be worth it vs. buying something new
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Intel i7 2860QM AMD Radeon HD 6770M Corsair Vengence 1600MHz Samsung 840 Pro 256GB 
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post #3 of 3
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That's what I feared. Is it even fixable, though? So many sites and such say that once the video card is gone, you're screwed... Is that the case on this particular laptop?
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