Tonight, my wife turned on the computer and the screen has stayed black. The little light on the monitor glows, but no image is visible. We hear the hard drive whirling, think it's a new noise, never noticed before. We have tried the F12 and F8 routine to get the computer to come up OR obtain an image on the monitor so we can try other methods of repair / restore.
1. Computer crashed?
2. Will installing the start up disk help? If so, is there a way to save her files?
3. Is there software that will recover her files?
If NO to all, above, is it just the hard drive? If so, I just buy another hard drive and start over?