The laptop is done for. Unless the computer doc can fix it for less than two C notes Refuge Mobile is grounded until a replacement can be had.
The biggest problem is I can't justify 4 to 500 beans on a new one right now,. The Scooby needs drive axles and I've had some unexpected expenses, not to mention the cost of the recent trip in travel costs and lost wages (yes, it's paid vacation but I lose a day of overtime plus I didn't work the extra overtime day I usually get in).
Fortunately none of this is critical; I don't really need the laptop right now (at all, actually, but it's nice for travel) and the axles will hold together for a while yet. It's just discouraging how everything seems to go at once.