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My cat likes to pretend she's a seatbelt when I use my laptop computer. Today, when the phone rang and I tried to get up to answer it, some combination of movements ended up with my laptop crashing to the floor... and crashing whenever I try to run any useful software.

I'm current working on trying to copy as much as-yet-un-backed-up data as I can to my external hard-drive (which is a good idea anyway). If I can't figure out what the problem is and fix it... I'm probably going to have to funnel all my discretionary money towards a replacement. My phone just doesn't. It it for any serious computing.

This also means that outside any commitments I've already made, I'm unlikely to do any commissioning for the foreseeable future.


Update: Took it in to the shop. Good news: it looks like they'll be able to save my data, if nothing else. No word yet on the rest of the hardware.
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jayeljay Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Sounds to me like the fan might be dead, or the connection between the heat sink and the processor has been severed.
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DataPacRat Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Seems that it was entirely a HD problem; the machine was turned on when it fell, and that seems to have corrupted at least some of the HD's data, including some important OS bits.

New HD with new copy of Windows seems to be working just fine, and I'm currently 75% of the way through copying the surviving data.
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jayeljay Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Good to know, something else to keep in mind when I am doing repairs on computers for myself and friends. Much obligied, data.
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Spartanb66 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
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This software is worth it. TRUST ME
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Tommyrazor Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Student Artist
That blows. I hope you find out what the problem is.
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