I bought a Compaq 2135US from ebay for roughly 400 dollars. It was in pristine condition when it arrived and had no problems to speak of. About a week ago, I was using the laptop, while watching tv, and it suddenly turned off. It didn't power-down, it just turned off. I repeatedly pressed the power button, but got no response. About two days later, I was fiddling with it and I found the battery ejection button, so I tried it thinking that maybe I jarred the battery loose. I reinserted the battery and the laptop turned on (phew!) and I began to situate myself to catch up on lost work. All the sudden, history repeated itself and I found myself mashing the power button....again, no response. So I, again, reinserted the battery and it worked....for roughly 1-4 minutes, then poof...again and again. The entire time the ac/adapter has been plugged in, but the power led is not coming on. I bought a docking station to connect to the laptop, hoping it would resolve the power issue, but no luck. I have considered the possibility that maybe I downloaded a heavily malicious virus from limewire so have considered seeing if the laptop will stay on long enough to format the harddrive. Is this plausible? What do my options sound like?
I posted about this in another topic, but no response, so decided to start a stand-alone topic.