Ok so this isn't exactly in the vein of what's already here lately, but I've got a problem with my girlfriend's old laptop. It's a Toshiba Tecra A9 running Windows Vista Basic and was on loan from a University, but they upgraded their computer stock and for some reason didn't want it back. Anyway, a couple of years ago it stopped booting up and recently I found it and have been trying to fix it.
It gets to the Toshiba splash screen ok, and I can even select where to boot up from, be it HDD, CD, stick, etc. Once it's past the splash screen I get a blank screen and nothing happens. Can't hear fans going or anything. At first I thought maybe the HDD was shot, but I happened to have a CD with Linux Fedora 10 (not sure why), so I popped that in there. Linux OS boots from CD and I was able to get access to the contents of the HDD with no problems. Files are all intact, too. I've also been in the BIOS and I can't see anything wrong, but I'm not so experienced in that area.
Does anyone have any idea about what the problem might be? The only other idea I have is a virus, as my girlfriend did say it was showing some signs of a virus before it gave up the ghost. But if so, how can I fix that if I can't boot it up?
Sorry this is so long and thanks in advance for any input!