Took the laptop to Best Buy to find my warranty had run out.
They want to charge me $89.95 to tell me if my computer is fixable or terminal.
If it's not under warranty--and the airline won't reimburse, do I want to be out $89.95 MORE on a laptop that isn't worth fixing??
Unlikely the airline will reimburse that fee even if they did replace the lap top.
After letting it run a long time and hooked to the big monitor---we heard it actually boot up and at least I can get my files off of it.
It's running rough like it isn't happy.
And that's all I know from here for now.