So here's the problem folks. I had just turned my computer on and started working on it when it suddenly powered off as if I had unplugged the laptop without the battery in. It has done this once in the past and after a few days miraculously started working again. I have done everything that the Sony Support site said to do. Held down the power button for 15 seconds with the battery in and the adapter unplugged, with the battery out and the adapter plugged in, with the battery in and the adapter plugged in. All to no avail. I even took it apart to see if there was any visible damage. The only thing that I noticed was the the power port seemed like it might be a little corroded. I thoroughly cleaned that and reassembled the machine and still nothing.
The battery was charged and I even tried my spare battery. The light indicating that the battery is charging doesn't even come on when the ac adapter is plugged in. I am hesitant about taking it to a professional because I don't want to be overcharged for an easy fix. If this sounds like a problem that could be fixed relatively easily I would surely appreciate the advice. If not if anyone knows a good repairman in the Northern New Jersey/New York City area that isn't a total rip-off I would appreciate the suggestion as well.