07/07/2006: "unfortunate alchemy"
Last night some force of nature decided to peform some alchemy on me, and miraculously turned my laptop into a brick. Well, it's not fully brick-ified, but it certainly doesn't work right now. All I can tell is that the hard drive doesn't appear to be spinning anymore (as it's gone uncharacteristically silent), and the computer simply won't boot anymore.
Thus, today I'm off to seek professional help. I'm hoping that it's an easy fix, but realize that it might at the very least entail a new hard drive. If that's the case, I'm really, really hoping they can get the old one working to recover files off of. Otherwise, I just lost a whole whack of stuff. Yes, I do have a backup, but it's many months old. Some critical files are backed up on Gmail, but everything else? Don't ask.
My thanks to RH for the assistance last night... unfortunately, the Apple Hardware Diagnostics disc did nothing, nor did any funky book key sequence. We'll see what happens this afternoon.