So you have a laptop that is about 2 years old and suddenly it will not boot.
Batteries in laptops are designed for a maximum number of charges and if you were to charge your laptop every day for 2 years , the battery can die.
So to eliminate the battery as an excuse for the laptop not booting ,pull the battery out , plug the power cord in and try and turn on the computer.
If the computer turns on then get yourself a new battery if not then it is probably not the battery and it is time to look elsewhere for a problem.
I was asked the other day to recover data from a computer that had the dreaded " Blue Screen Of Death ".
Now the first thing was trying to get past the "BSOD" by booting into safe mode and then trying the various options , last known good configuration etc.
None of this worked.
This is when I booted from my Ubuntu disc.
Ubuntu will give you the option of having a look without altering your current Windows installation and that is the option you want , not the install option which will wipe your hard drive.
Let the installation run and in a few minutes it will look like a new desktop but you should have access to your files.you will see the hard drive symbol appear on the left hand side of the screen.
You can then back them up to a portable hard drive , flash drive etc.
There is also an option to repair the disc which I did and then reboot the system to see if Windows will run.
In this case it did and once again emphasizes the need to back up on a regular basis.
I was listening to a podcast ( Macbreak Weekly ) and Merlin Mann , writer , speaker & broadcaster made the following statement on computers and software.
"Software is just software , it's not magic
Software is telling a machine how to do something & machines are not smart.
People are kind of smart , but the machine is always right , and it's we that are wrong and the programs we make are imperfect and things change.
Nobody is completely current or completely safe."
I recently set up a Gmail account for a business and because they are running multiple computers I set them up with IMAP settings for their G Mail account.
The advantage of using IMAP is that you can check your mail from multiple computers and your email will always be in sync.
Your messages will stay on the server until you decide whether you will download them or not to your local hard drive.
However if you delete a message from one computer you will delete them from all computers.
Your mail accounts are now designed to be " mirror images " across all your computers.
Here is the Google explanation.
A two-way communication path (IMAP). Unlike with POP, your devices talk back to our servers and sync your changes automatically with IMAP. When you sign in to your Gmail account in a web browser, actions you've taken on your email client or mobile device (like putting a message in a 'work' folder) will also appear in Gmail (your message will already have a 'work' label on it). This all happens automatically once you set up IMAP, so you don't have to read or sort all your mail twice. This is really helpful when accessing Gmail from multiple devices.
point , well after setting up the account and explaining the above they
went into one computer deleted all their messages as they thought they
would have them on the other machines.