its a compaq presario 2100 laptop (almost 8+ years old, sparingly used for the last couple of years), running on windows XP-home edition.
it has had its battery replaced and now the new one too has almost lived its life.but i was having no problems connecting it to the mains and it worked seamlessly.
after checking into updates and refreshing it was left idle for almost a couple of months and when i tried to boot it up it had a blank screen all through and booting lights and fan unit going on and off after an interval of approximately 15-20 seconds until the time i had to manually shut it down by long pressing the start button.
The cables and connections are all secure and tight jointed.
Trying to boot it up in safe mode(F8) also was not rewarding as it maintained status quo, except the thing that the blinking lights and fan unit has stopped going on and off and has to be manually shut down as it does not display anything for a considerable time.
should i take this as a sign that the system has booted itself?
the system was in no way used for the internet in past and had been refreshed and scanned(with updated MSE) with no virus definitions whatsoever.
can i boot it externally and if that is a probable solution then how?
as i am not a hardware/software person, i have not tried anything on it and am waiting for an expert advice to act on.
this is the first time it has given me any trouble.
thank you in anticipation.