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Should be the F2 key to enter setup. Make sure you are pressing this key during the VAIO spash screen on boot. If you press it after the spash screen the bois will not load and you will have to power cycle the computer to get the spash sreen back and try again.
If everything seems to be working normally except the display is always black and never even shows the BIOS screen, try shining a flashlight on the screen at an angle. If you see part of the picture (it will be dim and low contrast), you have a bad fluorescent lamp tube or inverter.
If you do not see a picture, you may have a cracked solder connection under the video chip. Several of the HP Pavilion laptops made in the last couple of years have acquired a reputation for thermal failure of the video chip solder. Repair requires some knowledge of surface-mount rework techniques. If you are game to try it yourself, post back and I will describe the procedure, but bear in mind that you will need an anti-static work surface, a hot air gun and liquid solder flux. An infrared thermometer would also be highly desirable for best results.
To prevent the problem from happening again, make sure you keep your fan and the radiator clean and avoid blocking the vents while using it. Do not use the laptop on a carpet, blanket or upholstery. Don't rest the center-back area of the bottom on your leg; that's where the graphics chip is located. People have acquired permanent burn marks on their legs from the hot spots on their laptop computers. (The processor is a couple of inches to the left, it's the other big hot spot.)
These are the worst-case scenarios. If you see the BIOS screen, the Windows startup screen, then nothing but black, suspect a virus infection such as the ThinkPoint scam.
That really sounds like the LCD screen is cracked. The front will not feel cracked because of a clear plastic cover sheet but behind it is the LCD panel. The liquid you see is part of the screen leaking. The LCD actually means "liquid crystal display" and that is what you are seeing leak out between the cracks in the panel. You will need to have the panel replaced to clear the problem. You can get the panels from Ebay if you want to do the repair yourself. This type of repair is not covered under the Acer warranty. If you have any questions just use the email address below.
It can ruin your computer. Act quickly if this happens, because it only takes seconds for liquids to destroy the hard drive of a laptop computer.
Shut down the computer immediately.
Wipe up any liquid. Tilt the computer to the side to drain any liquids.
Remove any removable parts from the laptop, including the power cord, printer and mouse cables, the floppy drive, CD drive, modem cards and battery. Do not disassemble the laptop body to remove internal parts.
Once the parts are removed, gently lift the computer and turn it to the side and upside down to drain any liquid. Tilt the computer in a variety of directions to verify that there are no pools of liquid lurking, but be careful not to shake it or handle it roughly.
Repeat with the floppy drive and other removable parts.
Use a hair dryer on a cool setting to dry the laptop and its parts if you can.
Allow the computer and its removable parts to dry for 24 hours before you reassemble it and turn it back on. (If you are under a tight deadline, let the laptop dry for at least an hour before you reassemble it.)
If the computer does not work properly or does not turn on, bring it to a computer repair professional, although the damage might be irreparable. Spills are one of the leading causes of laptop deaths.