It's a Sony.
No, that's got nothing to do with it, I just remembered the advt. and it popped out.
What you can do or should have done first before you got the laptop back out off the shelf and pumped life into it , you should have put in the Battery and let it get fully charged, checked the vents to see if they were clogged by anything and given it the compressed air treatment.:) After that you first get into the BIOS to see if everything is ok, and then you get the rig on in safe mode to see if it's forgotten where it's parts were connected and were made by who.
Nowadays you can't just leave equipment not working for long periods of time and then expect them to just come on one fine day and work normally, in this world of hitech, equipment has got more human and more lazy with it. If on holiday, it just never wants to come back to work.
Software can damage hardware only if you tell it to.
Computers are machines, once a wise man described them as Garbage in = garbage out.
Just what they are, machines.