I'm having a problem with a Sony Vaio laptop (Model No. PCG 7181M) not booting.
As far as i'm aware, it was shutting down randomly and when it was placed on my desk, it was very hot and stuck on the error recovery screen (i.e. giving the option to boot in safemode). I re-booted it and was able to boot windows but it crashed mid login.
Since then, nothing seems to happen. When I press the power button, the power light on the front turns on but nothing else, no BIOS or HDD activity. The DVD drive opens but that's about it. I've tried using an external monitor and re-seating the ram etc. but nothing has worked.
The laptop itself is about 3 years old and a quick Google search of the symptoms has revealed that there may be a generic problem and there doesn't seem to be a solution, but I'd like an expert opinion before I decide what do do.