I think first thing to do is to shut it down. If nothing else works, push the power button as long time it takes to shut down. Then you can try again. It's good to shut it down every now an then
On 4/7, I was awoken by my laptop making strange noises. When I'm done using it, Ive always placed it in Hibernate mode, and I've owned it for about 2.5 years. Last night when I came home from work, I went to check it out. It runs Vista, and it'll start (it hasn't been dropped or anything), but it will not progress past the screen that says "Microsoft Corporation" with the green status bar. I have no idea how this could be rectified, or if it can be. If anyone can provide insight into my issue, I'd be extremely appreciative.