MBP with solid state drive blank screen at start up

I plugged in a USB 3 drive last night, the cursor changed shape into a blurring rectangle about 3 cursors wide that looked like a slot machine and wouldn't do anything else. I shut the lid, opened up and same. Shut it down and it won't get past a blank screen. It won't go into target mode.
MDP 13 inch with retina display Solid state drive. Help?

I took the non optical drive MBP into Genius Bar at Apple Bridgewater, NJ. The guy was very well trained in how to make a logic board crash seem normal. It was applaudable. Seriously. Really good service. "Mind if I plug this into our system?", "Hmm, Let me try this drive" "Well, it did get on our system, let me run this diagnostic". "Look, your hard drive is there, that's a good sign".
Me "Yes, but what is that red check mark next to power + - 5 volts?"
Him, "Yes, do mind if I take this in the back and look inside?"
Me, "Sure".
On his return," So the inside looks very clean, no problems there but this looks like it  might be something that we would like to send to our repair facility in Tennessee. You see, if we put in one part and it doesn't fix it, we'd have to wait for another one. So we like to send these to a place that has all of the parts"
I got it back in 4 days. New logic board, new SSD. Ah, the joys.
Thanks for the responses, especially the SMC info and the PRAM reminder.

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