Currently Being ModeratedJan 22, 2013 6:18 AM (in response to l3c)
If it is a LATE 2008 then the graphics chip shouldn't be the problem as that was on the Late 2007 and Early 2008 models.
That doesn't mean the graphics chip hasn't failed and taken the rest of the logic board with it. Or simply the logic board has failed which seems to be fairly common for Mac notebooks.
In other words Yes it is Dead.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 22, 2013 6:51 AM (in response to l3c)
I suggest taking the unit to an Apple store and see if they can determine exactly why the MBP will not turn on. If they can define the problem(s), you will know if there is any economic sense in investing any time and money. The diagnosis should be free.