I have a T23 IBM Thinkpad Laptop with 512mb RAM and a 1.13ghz processor. just today(11-5-07), this morning, it was working fine. The most recent things i had downloaded were a few music files(.mp3) and i had installed updates with THinkvantage's System Update. (I had yet to reboot my computer for the changes to take effect.) i had Ares P2P program running so ppl could get programs that were on my computer (programs i specifically selected to share). Right b4 i locked my computer and closed the lid (i didn't put it in standby or anything) the RAM usage was about 260mb. My computer was still connected to the internet and on. i came back about an hour later (i was told no one had touched it) and opened the lid and the screen was completely black except for the top which was gray fading into white fading into grey again (i think). i tried pressing Esc, Ctrl + Alt + Delete, and just random buttons but nothing would get it off that screen. i tried holding down the power button but it would not turn off. I ended up having to unplug my laptop and take out the battery for it to go off. when i tried to start it, the screen stayed blank and didn't eve turn on and the internal fan sounded like it was turning on and then off over and over. I waited a few hours and tried to turn it on again and it booted up. i logged on and everything, but the moment that i closed the lid, it froze and went to that same all black screen with the grey-white-grey at the top. that time Ares was not running. i have not been able to get it to boot up again since. i pulled out the hard drive and plugged it into my bro's laptop as secondary drive to make sure my files were still good. i also scanned the last downloaded files with AVG Anti-spyware and didn't find anything. when i turn my computer on, it doesn't even get to the first screen. does anyone know of a solution or know what the problem is?