Need help troubleshooting this laptop.
It crashed unexpectedly just before EPIC, and it wouldn't turn back on, but I didn't have time to mess with it, so I just left it. While I was gone, Betsy turned it on because the printer is hooked up to that system. Apparently it stayed up long enough to get her stuff printed, and when I got home I walked in to see that it was on, but the screen was totally frozen. Betsy has no idea how long it was like that, but the whole base was very hot to the touch, so I cut the power and let it cool. Later, it turned on and ran, but froze up within a few minutes, and wouldn't turn on again.
Well, the obvious answer to me was that it was overheating. After it cooled, I opened up the back, and took out the each to remove parts, and started dusting with a can-o-air. I should have done it outside. While the cats w2ere still sneezing, I reassembled the system, and it booted and ran for a few minutes before freezing again. I left it off for two days, and averted my eyes while I was in the room with it.
When I try to tuen it on now, I only get the boot splash screen, then a single underscore flashing in the corner. I desided to run memtest86 to see if that would find anything, but that test came up AOK. A day later, and it's still just a blinking underscore when I try to boot.
Any ideas on a next step for troubleshooting? I'm thinking 'change out the HD'. But I don't currently have a spare laying around, so I'm open to ideas.
HP g60 - all stock parts
Windows 7 32