First of all, it began to turn off randomy. We'd be surfing or the system would be sitting at idle, when it would just die. I managed to get all the data off the hard drive (took about an hour) and then it died completely.
Now, I used it a few times since then, it would work for about 5 minutes, then die.
The last time I tried to use it, the power brick was plugged in and the power light under the power switch came on, but when I pressed it, nothing happened. Well, I say nothing happened, but the fan began to turn, then immediately stopped and the HDD tried to spin up, but stopped. It doesn't even try to work, let alone POST.
My question is this, is it going to be an easy job to fix (clean and reseat HS check connections etc) or, as I suspect may be the case, has the system board died?
I do have the Acer service manual with lots of lovely pictures of components and the locations of all 39 (!) screws in the back plate.
Thanks for your help.
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