This could just as easily be a hardware problem so feel to move it as appropriate.
I bought this computer on November 17 so the worst case scenario is that it's still under warranty. It wasn't $300 then, it was $200.
A program crashed and after repeated attempts to restart it crashed every time. Thinking it might help I rebooted the computer and got the error message "Invalid or damaged Bootable partition" and it failed to boot. This comes up after the logo displays so I should be able to get into the UEFI. I haven't tried yet. I made one attempt to restart after leaving it powered down for a half hour but now it's just powered down.
This is the same computer I tried to install Mint on but I never wrote GRUB and all of the Mint data is still sitting there in its various partitions and it has never interfered with Windows.
I can probably rescue a lot of data with my Mint DVD and an external HD, and I have an old Ghost image but I'd rather fix the damaged bootable partition. Can you help? I have just now started Googling this.
PS. I don't have a real install disk. Just a "recovery partition" that will restore the factory default OS. Before I did that I'd just wipe it and put Windows 7 on it.
Edited by JWebb, 10 February 2015 - 04:51 PM.