|Well the message to use the restore disk would indicate either a corrupt Windows installation or a dead or dying hard drive. Now the hard drive may be completely dead and causing the laptop to not POST. Normally, you don't need a hard drive in order to see something on the screen. Sometimes if a hardware component fails it causes the entire computer to stop functioning. |
Due to the message you had been getting I would guess the hard drive may be the issue.
If you feel comfortable digging into the laptop you could try removing the hard drive and seeing if the computer can then at least start up.
You were supposed to create the restore disks when you first got the computer. Now, if you replaced the hard drive you would still need to get a restore disk, if they are available, or install a retail version of Windows.
Looks like that laptop is 4 to 5 years old. The battery is probably worn out unless you replaced it. You may need a hard drive and a copy of Windows too. If you have to buy all of that then it probably isn't worth fixing.
I would try removing the hard drive and then booting it to see what happens.
Normally the hard drive is accessible from the bottom through a removable cover.
If you decide not to fix it, you may be able to get a few bucks on ebay because the screen is worth something.