Alienware laptop DEAD, will not turn on!

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FortHoodTX

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Hello, folks. I have an Alienware m15x laptop, a couple years old. Machine will not power on, completely dead, no sign of life. It was perfectly *fine* a few days ago. I bring it back home, and now this.

Originally, the battery was dead. Was running solely off AC power. I put Windows 7 on it and bought a new OEM battery. I got "Plugged in, not charging", so the battery was stuck at 48% because it wouldn't charge. (I think this is a Win7 bug, not a hardware bug. I have the same problem on my Dell XPS laptop.)

Anyway, when you turn off an Alienware machine, the alien stays glowing, even though it has shut down. Seems like some sort of sleep mode, since the alien changes colour and glows. They're LEDs so they don't take a lot of power, but some. Hence, the laptop sitting there COULD, theoretically, have run that battery down from 48% to 0% in a couple days. However, I press the 'test' button on the battery, I get 3 LEDs... so the battery seems half-charged.

Not sure if that's related. Now it won't power on... not with AC power, not with battery power. I did the trick of holding the power button for 60 sec... didn't work. I replaced the CMOS battery earlier today. Didn't work, still dead.

Any explanation? Tips? Anything to try? This was so random... worked perfectly fine (other than the battery issue), now completely flatlining. Please submit your thoughts. Thanks in advance.
 
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