The first technician I took it too diagnosed it with a corrupt hard drive, so for about 6 months it was just left. Then I got another laptop, which is very similar, and tried my hand at doing some mix and match repairs (to the second one). Suffice to say it didn't work. I now have two broken laptops.
Luckily I acquired the second for free so its not a huge problem, but what I'm now hoping is that I can use the second to repair the first-kind of a spares and repairs job. I swapped the two hard drives over, expecting to find that the first computer worked (I know the hard drive from the second was good), but the problem still occurred - exactly the same.
What happens is that the computer whirrs up and sounds fine, but the screen flashes white and black for a few seconds when turned on before settling to a black screen with a couple of white specks on it. It then stays like this. The disk drive opens, everything seems well.
So geeks, my question is what do you think the problem is? I thought it may be a faulty screen, but is it likely that there is something wrong with the hard drive connection or motherboard?