I've had my MacBook Pro for two years now; no problems so far (it has had 3rd party RAM from the get go).
Today, I'm copying a particularly large VM from an External disk drive to local MacBook disk. It has about 3GB to go and I take off to do some other things and when I come back my screen is "dark".
The computer is still on but I can't see anything. I forced a reboot by holding down the power button, it starts up with the "chimes", but still no screen.
I've done this several times. Any ideas? Do you think the hard disk activity caused it to get too hot?