My Dell laptop just died. It's refusing to boot and since the CD drive isn't working, I can't even install Linux on it to save it.
The GOOD news is that I have managed to revive my original laptop. It runs Feisty Fawn Ubuntu and is badly in need of an upgrade if I want anything fancier than basic chat and Word to work but its CD drive isn't working properly either, so I'll have to burn the ISO to a CD with my mother's laptop and then do a fresh install over here. The CD drive not working is also why I couldn't just use the factory settings Toshiba disk to reinstall Windows. Sigh.
I started that entry a couple of days and never had time to finish it. Above info is out of date, so here's a quick rundown of what's been happening.
Got Ubuntu 10.10 installed onto a USB, laptop refused to boot from USB.
Used mother's laptop to burn a live CD of U 10.10. installed that onto laptop.
Laptop first refused to install it (couldn't find a bootloader) but a little Internet research told me it was because I had a USB device plugged in.
Removed device, installed it, installed OVER all the data that I had before including some photos I'd been happy to find.
Realize laptop has no battery and needs to be constantly plugged in.
Laptop starts hanging and screen going grey.
Switch to using mother's laptop.
Mother buys Microsoft Office for her laptop despite me explaining my father has 340834038409 illegal copies on disc that I can just use.
I install Microsoft Office.
I take over mother's laptop temporarily.
Other two laptops go back to being 'The Brick' and 'The Doorstop' as I charmingly nicknamed them in fits of exasperation.
Mother's agreed to loan me the money for a new laptop if I pay her back before I leave Australia and go jogging for an hour in the morning so starting today, I am looking for part time work anywhere that'll hire me! Two months before the end of term is possibly not the best time to suddenly start working. Minimum wage in Australia is thankfully high so even if I grab a job working at a bakery or something, I should be okay. Mother's insisting that I shouldn't start looking for jobs until I have my upcoming papers finished, though.
I have two papers due on Tuesday that are terrifying me. One's on nuclear disarmament, which I can manage fine. The other one, I haven't even picked a topic and whatever I do pick, it's going to be Islam-connected and completely new to me so I predict tons of research and flailing and WAURGH I CANNOT DO THIS andthenIdoitlastminute.
Also still have to do a presentation for the Islam class. Waurgh.
Anyway! Laptops! I am accepting recommendations for brands/models, if anyone has any good experiences or horror stories to tell me. Sooner I pick something out, sooner I can get it. I need a powerful beastie that can run tons of apps at once. I can deal with it being heavy; it is not for nothing that I nicknamed my first laptop "The Brick".