My Gateway CX2724 is fixed!!!! WOOHOO! Thank goodness Pat knows computers. He just switched out the hard drive (after testing to make sure that was the most likely problem) with a brand new 250G one... and it's running beautifully! I'd been having problems with the tablet part as well, (the pen was no longer being recognized) but now that's fixed too. I'm so happy to have my baby back!
Now I just have to reinstall everything. I already got the gimp and picture resizer for my photo editing, but I still need to dig out my Office CD, and get Window Blinds, SPSS and GraphPad (totally legal versions too... hehehehe ~ again, I'm glad Pat's a computer person).
I just downloaded vlc when I realized I didn't have it to play some Fleetwood Mac. It'll be interesting to see what else I need and don't even realize it!