See how fast they are with repairing your machine.
Of course, that depends on both your service contract and the cause of the problem. It could be fast if you have service at home and the tech coming can repair it. It might take a month or more if you have to sent it to them.
If it's a hardware problem (as it looks like), you probably won't lose your data. So all you've got to do is find another machine for a month or so, put all your schoolwork on it from your daily backup and happily continue working.
I have a Dell Inspiron E1705 with Vista Ultimate 32bit, 2GB RAM, 100 GB 7200rpm harddrive, NVIDIA GEForce Go 7900GS, Intel Core2 Duo 2.16ghz processor
When I turn on my laptop all the lights come on but the screen remains black, though the backlight is on. This happened to me the other day and after rebooting the computer several times and then after inserting the Vista reinstallation it finally booted up. So naturally I thought it was a software problem with the OS, so I ran system restore and everything was fine after that. But today the same thing happened, so I instered the cd again, but it didn't fix it this time. So now i'm wondering if it's a hardware problem.
I removed the harddrive and tried starting it up, but it still didn't work. So then i removed the RAM one by one and then both at the same time, and it still didn't work.
So, of course, i'm extremely concerned now, and am desperate for help because I need my laptop for school, and i have so many things to get done this late in the semester. So i could really use the help!