hey everyone. i'm quite new here and i'll make a proper intro later but anyways i'll get to the point because this is quite urgent. =S recently, my Acer Ferrari 3400 laptop has been playing up. normally, the laptop starts up like this: Ferrari Screen with the Phoenix icon at the bottom (i think this is the motherboard) windows loading screen (with the bars) log in screen (user accounts) this is the problem now (sorry im not that good at describing): when i press the power button, it would start up (normal sounds) but the screen remains black. if i press the power button again it would just shut down instantly. normally, i would have to hold down the button until it shuts down. sometimes, if i was lucky, it would get to the Ferrari screen and then freeze. then i'd have to hold down the power button. somtimes if im extremely lucky, i will be able start up, pass the screens, log in and it would work a while but it would then freeze. then, i'd have to hold down the start button. normally after this, i wont be able to get to the stage where im able to log in. my laptop always starts up despite these problems. there are no weird sounds. specs ram: 1 gb gpu: ATi Mobility Radeon 9700 cpu: AMD 3000+ mobility hdd: 80 gb im not sure if this might have caused the problem but before this happened, i stuck a flash drive in and began transferring things to it. then, the computer rebooted and the problem started occuring. i have stuck the flashdrive in before and i dont think it contains any viruses. not too long ago, i sent the laptop to Acer and the motherboard was replaced so i guess the motherboard is quite new. no BSODS or anything either. no error messages. many thanks.