It died again this morning. I spent all morning taking the stupid thing apart, and then replugging every bloody thing in again, and still nothing. Power on, no hard drive booting up. Then spent the afternoon ringing around for quotes for upgrade - new motherboard, new processor, new RAM. Started to disassemble stupid thing for transport, and heard a slight crackling in the power supply. Looks like there's a dodgy connection, either the cord or socket, which is causing arcing, so turns on but won't boot up. YAY me (can you tell I've lived with an electrician/electronics technician for over 20 years - some of it's stuck). Troubleshootin' Deb, that's me.
Although I can live without the computer and the internet for a while for just personal stuff (are those guffaws of laughter in the background), the fact that uni classes start next week, and the subject I'm doing is on-line delivery, had me in a major panic. We meet face-to-face once every three weeks, but the on-line work is supposed to be a daily thing, and it would have been impossible without a functioning computer at home. Presently feeling hugely relieved, and admitting to self, that I really don't know how I could have coped without the computer, the internet and LJ - it's what keeps me connected to the world ::hugs LJ friends tightly::