Anyone who knows me knows you don't mess with my computer. Killing it could very well get you killed. This is not an understatement as my computer is my safety valve against a family of difficult children. Since I bought this mega computer I haven't been successful at keeping anyone off it. It doesn't matter that they each have their own computers. Somehow mine is more attractive to them. Nichole at least has a plausable excuse, she can't use hers when the baby is asleep since it's in her room. But husband and Travis I catch on mine on a reg basis....and they each have their own laptops! husband is nortorious for distroying computers. It's all that knowledge he "thinks" he has that does it. Refuses to admit most of his know how is outdated by ten years. Travis knows computers and how to fix them....yet is also prone to wearing them out super fast with all the programs and such he's comstantly downloading onto them, and getting viruses ect. Not horribly long after I bought this computer last year I was having fan issues. Travis took the cover off and we got the problem fixed. It was about 3 months later when I realize he had never put the side cover back on. Then when I had a hissy over it......(you wouldn't believe the amount of hair generated by 2 dogs inside and a cat) He "tired" to put the cover back on then, but told me it was bent and he couldn't get it on. (it was also missing the screws by then) Yeah. Nearly skinned him alive over that one. But compromised with blowing it out reg instead. So.....last night I'm trying to wind down to sleep. Was actually here attempting to post when the computer locked up. Nichole had come home from clinicals and needed to look something up. So under my direction attempted to restart the computer. No go. So I had her turn it off, count to ten, and turn it on again. Then as it's "loading" we here a loud clicking. It won't complete the load. Just goes on and off the windows start up screen. I ordered Travis down to fix it. (mostly because I've been catching him on it alot lately) So he goes to look inside......and has the nerve to grumble about how dirty it is. I ripped him a good one. That is his fault over the cover thing, not mine. (and Nichole has been hinting she thinks Travis is sabotaging the computer so I buy a new one and he can have this one) So he checks and decides my hard drive is fried. I went from POed to livid in less than 2 seconds. I happened to be talking easy child home from work (so she doesn't fall asleep at the wheel). Now easy child knows my computer is my sanity saver. I can focus on my computer and tone out all the gfgness in the house. Without it........well, it ain't pretty folks. I told her if the hard drive was gone there might be some dead people in my house come morning. Travis, now in fear for his life, has rigged the computer to work. He has another hard drive plugged into it working off Lennex?? Yet all my stuff is here. My computer just looks handicapped with this spare thingy sitting on top of it with all these wires coming out of it. easy child said sister in law has a friend who owns a computer repair shop and she'll have sister in law call him for me. See.....my kids know.......PMS and menopause..... is nothing compared to Mom without her computer. I can't figure out how, if my hard drive is "fried" all my stuff is still here. That doesn't make a bit of sense to me. So no happy tday for me today. Still livid. Ready to go computer shopping again dammit. I might have just enough left of my school money to swing it. Might. But there goes the dentist and doctor appointments. Of course this just had to happen. I'm taking 2 online classes next quarter. Someone just shoot me.