Well, I do need a new laptop. But I thought I needed one now!
We're really trying to get another six weeks out of this one so that we don't have to buy a new one until we're in Seattle.
Woke up this morning, turned on the laptop and it....froze!
Now, it's been doing this once or twice a day for the last month or so. But, I just force a shut down and it restarts and works fine. For a while, anyhow. In fact, I wrote about it on August 5th.
But this time, restarting it didn't help!
I could restart it in safe mode and even safe networking mode. And it seemed to work fine, so I tried doing the old "restore" program that sometimes fixes a glitch. But this time, even "restore" could not compute! It kept coming up with "Restore cannot complete due to error" or something to that effect.
So I ran a memory test program and it passed everything with flying colors. Then, I ran a hard drive test program and on the very first test it failed! Came up with some error code and when I did some research on the error code the consensus seemed to be that anybody with that error code needs a new hard drive. But one forum I was reading said that hard drive error codes can occasionally be repaired using the hard drive manufacturers (in this case, Fujitsu) diagnostics tools. So I downloaded that onto Ruth's little laptop, transferred it over to mine, ran the program (for about two hours!) and it did all kinds of automatic repair and test and partition things...and BINGO! Everything works fine.
In fact, maybe it's just me, but it seems like it's working better than it has in two months!
Now, how long will it last? Who knows...but hopefully six more weeks...