Of course, I get back in time to get stuff fixed up, grab all I need from the laptop and try to reinstall everything... fuck. The problem isn't intermittent any more. Every time I use the disk, it works for a while and then fucks up. No way to get an OS onto it, and even if I could it would be useless. Before I can use the laptop, I therefore need a new hard drive. Which is all well and good, but they cost. Motorcycles cost as well. I had budgetted for the latter, but a HD would put the kybosh on that until next month at the earliest. So either my legs are burning things of hate and pain for the next eight weeks or my laptop is a fucking expensive doorstop until then.