|I don't know why your laptop is working bad, but a 5 year old laptop is pretty old for laptops. However, I can tell you how to get your data off the HD.|
Pull the HD out of the laptop, and find out if it's IDE or SATA (5 years old it may be either). Then go to your local computer shop and ask them for an adapter to be able to connect the type of drive you have to a USB port. Then you'll be able to plug the drive into another PC and copy all the data off.