last week my laptop shut itself off 3 times within 20 minutes of each other, tried a new power cord and all was well.
over the weekend computer was working fine then try to fire up skype, computer freezes, power down then try to restart and only get a black screen showing the mouse cursor.
i tried starting in each of the different safe modes to no avail. powered down, held the Function key and powered up, ran every test under available it said all systems were ok, thought it may have fixed it self and now still get the black screen with just the mouse cursor.
its a dell inspiron 6400 laptop running windows xp, and have no idea what to do now. I'm hoping at this point to remove the hard drive and turn it into an external hard drive in the hopes of recovering my pics, files etc...
any help or suggetions on what to try or what could be the problem? i offer 2400 internet points!! thank you