Gateway NV52 black screen on startup


Mar 30, 2014
I have a gateway NV52 that when I turn it on, it goes to a black screen and doesn't post

The fan and CD drive make noise but the hdd activity led doesn't blink

This started after the laptop died.

I have tried

Reseating the ram
Reseating the hdd
Removing battery and unplugging it from the wall and pressing power for 30 secs

It seems like you've done all the possible troubleshooting steps but here are some more that may help.
- Start by doing hard reboot, remove the battery and unplug the AC adapter then press and hold the power button for 20 seconds then try booting it up again.
- Next to try is to reseat the RAM again, remove them all for couple of seconds then try booting it up again.
- If it will still not work, remove the battery and see if it will boot up with just the battery connected.
- Do try a different AC adapter that has the same voltage if the same problem will persist.
- If you'll see lights on the laptop but there's still no display, connect an external monitor and see if you'll get any display from it or not.
- If all these will not work the motherboard is already faulty.
- If the laptop is still under the factory warranty do contact the manufacturer for a repair.