Hey guys and gals! I'm brand new here so play nice!
Anyways, I have a four year old Gateway laptop. I had it on last night as I was working on some other things. I went back to it and my computer screen was completely frozen, and the top part of the screen had some what looked like white specks on it. So, thinking that I could just restart it, I unplugged the power cord and let it die (the battery is very bad in this computer and I have to keep it plugged in at all times when I have it running, so it didn't take long for it to die). I tried re-starting...It turned on, but all I got was a black screen. Unplugged it again and tried re-starting it once again, and it made it all the way to my start-up screen but then froze. I repeated this probably about 30 times between last night and tonight, and I keep on getting the same thing. Either it just shows a blank screen (which happens more often than not) or it goes so far and locks up. I also tried to start it in safe mode and it locked up on that too. I have no idea what to try next or what happened? One bad thing is that I don't have a lot of my info backed up, which is my fault...and my main calendar is in Outlook, which isn't backed up either. Argh. This will teach me I guess. I used to be good at backing up data but once I graduated school I got out of the habit.
Wondering what everyone thinks the problem could be....how I could maybe fix it...and if I can restore my data somehow?