Hi, so I have an HP g42 laptop running Windows 7, which is about 6 (?) years old. It's been through a lot of stuff in the past few years, and we had to completely reformat the hard drive and all that jazz. After that it ran smoother than a baby's bottom for about three years. Then, a few months ago, I started noticing that it was having a hard time booting up, and sometimes it wouldn't even make it into BIOS at all. Now, all it does is power up and show me a black screen for infinity, and the caps lock key is repeatedly flashing. I have a video somewhere that I can attach if that helps. I have absolutely no clue what this could mean, and nothing I could find on google helped.
There are also a few things you should know about this laptop that may help:
-It has no battery- the battery died (drained within .5 seconds of unplugging it) ages ago, and my mom (the primary user for most of it's life) decided to take it out. I only have a vague idea of where it is.
-I can't honestly say that I've treated it with much love since I got it. In the year or so I've had it, I've used for random things- mostly playing sims, but if I was ever unsure about the trustworthiness of a program, I downloaded it there first, since we had no critically important files on it, and it didn't really matter if I had to wipe it.
-Before you ask "why do you want to save it if there's nothing important on there?", I'm gonna put it out there that I'm a pretty avid sims player, and like to make custom content for it. I have about 10 unfinished projects that I forgot to back up (yeah yeah I know), my photoshop (which cost SO MUCH and can only be registered to one computer, thanks Adobe) and my best save file to date all on there. So it's not a tragedy if it can't be fixed, but I'd be happy if I could even get it temporarily running to grab those particular files.
~Thanks in advance!