I figure this is as much of a Windows crash as it is anything else, so apologies if I've posted this in the wrong forum.
I had an HP laptop. It was a few years old (maybe 2-3) and it was working perfectly. I bought a new laptop and gave this one to my mum. It worked fine for a while - a great little computer, never skipped a beat - until it started getting a bit noisy. A few weeks pass and then it gives a warning about its fan. Next time she turns it on, it gives a warning that the fan doesn't work and using the computer may damage the computer. So she took it in to work and the IT department tried to have a look at it, but the laptop is set up so that to get to the fan, you have to remove pretty much everything else. They recommended that she move the files off it and find a new computer because it's not worth replacing the fan.
This was a while ago. It hasn't been used since. I just started it up and could hear it working. The power button was lit up, the screen lit up, whatever normally whirs quietly when computers start up was whirring quietly. The screen didn't change from black/backlit/grey. I heard it make the Windows startup tone. I went to get a monitor to plug it in to see if that helped and just as I was starting to plug it in, the laptop turned off.
It won't turn back on. No lights come on at all. The charging cable makes a clicking sound when I plug it in and charge it. I've tried removing the battery. I can't find a screwdriver small enough to open the case.
I've looked up how to remove an internal hard drive to see if anything is remaining (like photos...) but after the mildly terrifying part about grounding yourself and removing it...they all go on to mention cases or universal adapters or just plugging them in. I know an okay amount about computers but know nothing about this. Is there a way to plug it in to another computer without buying something? I've checked and no stores near me seem to carry cases or universal adapters, so it would have to be somewhere online...and I'd like to try to avoid buying anything if I don't need to. And the cases come in different sizes and I wouldn't even know which size to buy even if I do need to
I'm happy to have a go at carefully removing the HD...but not sure what to do after this (and I've read a bunch of guides - eg, August 27, 2011 3:33:20 PM - for some reason, I'm just not getting it)
Any advice would be appreciated.