Yesterday I was prompted to download "important" updates from hp for my laptop. After the download it was working fine until I shut the lid (should go to sleep mode) and returned later to use it. Could not get the laptop out of sleep mode. Tried everything including removing battery and unplugging to do a hard reboot. Left if unplugged overnight and could hear it making a clicking noise. When I plugged it in this morning I could hear a noise from the cd drive like a click but still blank black screen. Fan running, light for cap lock steady blinking, internet light showing red instead of white. Again would not "wake up". I went looking for my hp recovery discs and put in #1. Tried again to start up the pc and it booted right up. Got the screen asking if I wanted to start in safe mode so did that. Everything worked fine and used it for several hours after running a back up to my external drive.
When I was done, I did a shut down from the start menu and was back to the black screen and blinking caps lock again. Shut it off, put the disc back in and tried again and it started up. The disc is not running, just in the drive.
I know 0 about pcs so am really stuck as to what my options are. I can't leave the laptop on all the time. Can I just leave any old disc in the drive to get it to start? Am I on borrowed time? I really think whatever that "update" was from hp totally screwed up my laptop but this is over 2 years old and way past any warranty.
Thoughts? Ideas? Really not wanting to buy a new laptop right now, just started shopping for a tablet and would have to put that on hold if I have to spring for a new laptop.