Well, the verdict is in- the motherboard on my laptop is fried. Luckily my super awesome neighbor is able to get all my pictures (AND my Lightroom presets that I finally perfected for my taste!) off of the laptop and put them on my external hard drive. If anyone has any laptop suggestions let me hear them! I'd like to stay away from HP because that's what this one was, and it died without a warning at 3 years old! No MacBook either because they don't work with majority of my online classes. But otherwise I'd love some suggestions.