So, my laptop died a few days ago (I'm currently on my husband's ghettotastic computer). There's a good chance it's just the monitor gone kaput because it's still showing signs of life otherwise, but it might also be the video card, which would suck because that would mean a whole new motherboard as well (I think the vc is integrated into the mb). My dad took it home with him yesterday to take to a professional buddy of his who can at least diagnose the problem.
I'm just crossing my fingers (omgomgomg) that the hard drives aren't blown because ALL of my artwork, ever, is on there as well as all the resources I've spent years collecting, among all sorts of other things of a very personal sentimental nature (pictures of my son, etc).
If the hard drives do end up being fried I'll probably just go stand in the freeway and wait for something to hit me. :/