Alienware 17r2. Plugged in, press power button and nothing happens. The HDD is spinning but literally nothing else is happening. No LEDs, no FX, no display, no fans, no nothing. Anybody ever have this issue?
Then it is turning on/trying to turn on. If it wasn't, then the drive wouldn't do a thing.
1. Turn the laptop off (not sleep or hibernate but off).
2. Connect an external monitor to the laptop.
3. Turn on the external monitor.
4. Turn on the laptop.
NOTE: You may have to press an "external monitor" button. Could be the f4 button or a button with two monitors on it, for the external monitor to work.
If you can see fine on the external monitor, then your attached display, or the ribbon cable that connects it, are your problem.
If you can't see on the external monitor at all, or the problem occurs on the external monitor as well, then it is probably the graphics card/GPU that is the problem, which may require the motherboard be replaced.
So ive noticed something else now, the Ethernet port lights up for a secoknd when turning on as well. Also, plugging the HDMI into a monitor yields no results. Again, no display, no fans, no LEDs, no nothing except the HDD spinning.
Try not using HDMI for the monitor. It does run into issues when trying it that way. Especially if the laptop has two different GPUs. Try it via VGA or DVI port. Just make sure the computer is completely off before you start. Trying to connect while it is (or could be) on won't work correctly.