Hello readers... I need help! Recently, I pulled an old laptop (2 or 3 years at most) out of the closet to start using again (I stopped using it because 1. I think it had a virus that I hadn't had time to take care of and 2. I got a new computer that replaced it for the time being. Anyhow, when I try to turn on the computer, I have the option to enter BIOS, make and save changes. However, when I try to boot into Windows, it provides only a blank screen (As if there was no OS at all.. There are no errors, beeps, or words displayed. (Which makes me think that there is some kind of rootkit or virus.) As far as I know there are data files, system files and such on the internal drive; I played with it before I put it in the closet to try and recover homework assignments and all were visible... However, now, when I try to view the files as I did before (Using a LiveCD trial from Ubuntu) it gives me the following error when I try to access the drive (Which also leads me to believe that there is a virus): "Unable to mount drive \dev\sda3 because it may be in use by another program" or something along those lines. At this point in time, I have tried to reinstall Windows Vista (The original OS, not the recovery disc... I got the IOS files free from my school because I'm a student there.) but when Windows "finishes loading disc files", it provides only a blank screen as well. I am not worried about saving anything from the computer itself; I just want to be able to use it again. Help anyone?! Many thanks, A.