When spross dropped off some stuff for me on the way to work, he took pity on me, and we went to several stores, notably Futureshop and a couple of places that specialize in second-hand computers and laptop repairs. I was advised not to bother replacing the laptop components, due to the cost on the parts, but lo and behold, at the second store we went in they had an IBM Thinkpad T21 which is about four years old, for a very reasonable price. That is the good news.
As you may know from my previous posts, money is tight right now, as I have this thing coming up called Gen Con Indy, but to be honest, I need the laptop as all of my fiction, writing, etc. is on that dead laptop drive - in short, my creative and part of my personal life! I think I have figured out a way to manage to pay for the laptop, and still keep the finances currently reasonable. We'll see, for sure... Plan to check out the T21 on-line, and see what else I can find out about it...
But how am I going to be able to survive the next few weeks without a laptop and no way to creatively write? *sigh*
Note: My mood reflects the fact that I'm more upset about not being able to creatively write on the computer for the next little while, than it is about the fact that I may be able to afford the new laptop in a few weeks.