So I posted a question in the hardware forum about requesting help - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/632862/weird-hardware-issue-with-screenpower-button/
I haven't got an answer yet, and I know it appears to be a weird problem. So I am debating on taking it to a shop and having them fix it, as long as the cost is around $200 or less.
That laptop is a HP M7-1015DX with 8GB Ram, 2.30 GHz 3rd gen i7-3610QM, 1TB HD, integrated graphics. If I would get it fixed, I would probably upgrade the memory to 16GB ($50-$100)
If it is too much to be fixed, I am considering buying the same computer used, which is about $450-$550 (even after 4 years old)! My co-workers and my wife is telling me to just buy a new computer since its 4 years old. However, doing some CPU comparisons on CPUBoss, while the newer CPUs get a better overall rating, mine still outperforms them in most categories. I bought this computer to be future proof for at least 6 years.
My overall budget for a new laptop would probably be under $1,000 with some wiggle room, so I can also be future proof. I'm on the computer 10 hours a day at least, usually with about 10 firefox tabs open with excel and word and Skype open. I also run Photoshop some, I rarely (but sometimes) video edit. I prefer 17 inch screens.
I am looking at the following:
HP y7c72av $899
4K Screen (doesn't really matter) i7-7500U (only 2 cores) 16GB RAM, 512 SSD
So this seems like a really good deal. So good it worries me that it isn't that good. Any input would be appreciated. I can't find much on the processor, but I do know mine is 4 cores and this is 2 cores.
Dell I7779-1684GRY $999
2 in 1 (Only 17 inch model 2in1 I ever seen, not sure if its for me though) i7-7500U 16Gb Ram 1TB HDD
HP Envy 17t-s000 Refurb $684
i7-6700HQ, 16GB RAM, 1 TB HDD
HP Envy 17t-s000