My laptop, a roughly three years old IBM Thinkpad, has over the past two weeks dramatically lost its functions to the point where it now won't start up AT ALL. It began quite unexpectedly one night, when it simply froze and I had to manually switch it off and restart- no problems after that. It worked fine for most of the next day until the problem started recurring. As I was working on the laptop I simply had to persevere as the screen froze again and again, with more frequency as the days progressed.
After a while, I discovered that the problem was somehow related to the bottom left-hand corner of the machine, as you look down on it. In this part of the laptop, I discovered, both the hard disk and video card are stored. I attempted removing the hard drive and putting it back in, in the hope that it was perhaps loose- but this didn't stop the problem. The problem continued to get worse, as sometimes when I started up the laptop would simply beep twice which I discovered happens when the hard drive isn't connected. This would occur at seemingly random times, and I'd have to give the laptop a gentle shake to get it working again.
Obviously, shaking it is hardly a viable long term solution, and I was afraid to give it more than a gentle shake unless I did some further damage (I don't know how durable these things are), yet the problem has still become worse. Now the screen will regularly not just freeze but will either: become a jumble of random colours; gradual ly brighten until it becomes completely white; or just go black and shut down. In the early stages, this could be rectified by tilting the laptop to take the weight off the bottom left but even that no longer works. Now, the laptop simply beeps everytime I start up and nothing happens.
This has been puzzling me completely, and is understandably frustrating. If anybody could offer any help I'd be very grateful; I'm hoping I don't have to have it fitted for anything new.