Here's my story. I've had this laptop for quite a while (over 2 years) and it worked fairly well until recently. It began overheating constantly and shutting off. Finally it just wouldn't even turn on anymore. Someone Dell savy suggested I have the motherboard replaced. I did. Nothing changed. When I hit the power button the fan turns on and it sounds like the computer is trying to boot but nothing happens. The screen stays blank. I then shutit off manually and there is a brief flash of light from the screen which leads me to believe the display is working properly. It recognizes when it is plugged in and charges fine. I tried the following: taking the battery out and booting it while it is plugged into the wall, unplugging it from the wall and booting it from the battery, booting it while hooked up to a crt monitor (just in case it was the display) and booting it from a windows xp disk. None of these things made a difference. I was thinking of trying to boot it from a flash drive or a floppy disk. I can't find the dell recovery disks that it came with but honestly, I doubt they do any good. Can someone shine some light on this situation please? Any help would be greatly appreciated!