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Laptop won't boot up

I'm having trouble with my laptop, once I turn it on I can hear the hard drive and fan, however the screen never starts to show up. It's been like this the past few days, the night before it stopped working...everything seemed fine.

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Check it with an external monitor if it is showing video the videocard is ok and may be the display itself ,but if it doesnt show anything the videocard is bad

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