Yesterday I went and installed Ubuntu 12.04, but it was a little slow on this system, so I asked a friend what a good lighter distro was, and they recommended Arch, but warned me it would take some configuration to get it to work the way I wanted, which I was alright with.
So I started today going through the installation, prepped the drives but ran into some network problems so I exited the installation and powered off the laptop figuring I'd just try again later.
So I went to try again later and suddenly my laptop no longer works, the fan spins up, the CD drive spins if there is something in it, but I'm not getting any sort of output, the screen remains black and even if I hook up an external monitor and push function F5 to sync the displays I get no output what-so-ever.
So I guess I'm just wondering if my laptop is just well and truly broken at this point, or if there is something I can do to fix it.
If you need any more information from me, I'll be more than happy to provide it!