I will give as much back story as I can leading up to the problem. Hope somebody can help me.
This morning I was working on a project right before work. Remembering I had to walk the dog, I closed the laptop assuming I'd be right back, but then had second thoughts because it had gotten so late and I had to immediately leave after the walk.I reopened it almost as soon as I had closed it because I wanted to shut it down completely. Well the screen was black but the pc was still on as if in sleep mode, but it was completely locked up. This has happened before so I just pressed the power button to shut it off, closed it and when about my day. I was only at work for a couple of hours to help with some things so I returned home fairly quickly.
To my amazement the pc had still been running in this locked-up sleep state the whole time I was gone and had gotten pretty warm/hot. I tried the power switch again with no luck. So I popped the battery out, put it back and restarted.
I got an error message, which I expected, but I thought it would ask to start in safe mode. It was a completely new message about doing a Start-up Recovery or starting normally. I hit enter out of habit and it went into the recovery. I let it try to recover itself atleast 20 times now. It can't find the problem and it won't boot.
I cannot get it to boot into safemode either. I can get to the screen but it automatically restarts after I try to boot in safemode. I've tried disabling the restart, but then it just stays on a black screen as if its still sleeping.
I tried a restore to two different dates. I'm not sure if the first one was successful... but the second one was. It still won't boot.
I do not have the windows vista cd... it't came with it on the laptop already. It's a HP Pavilion dv5-1150us
Entertainment Notebook PC
I understand that I may be totally screwed here and might have to wipe my whole system. If it can't be fixed can someone please help me back-up my work files??? There's only a few Open Word documents, GIMP files, and pictures that truly can't be replaced. And they all happen to be related to my work and are very important. I can deal with losing bookmarks and other junk I've collected through the years.
I did run chkdsk on the two options available.... still won't boot.
I did have a problem with a rogue virus about a week prior. One of those ones that pretends to be an anti-virus program from windows. It had shut off my maleaware bytes and I had to download something to be able to run my antivirus. To my knowledge I was able to remove it.
I did a Windows update a couple of days prior.... and I noticed a legit Microsoft Security thing kept popping up here or there.
Would appreciate some help, if anyone has the time.
EDIT to add:
The "something" I downloaded to fix the virus was rkill
Edited by nsayn723, 04 February 2012 - 12:50 AM.