When you're done reading this entry, you need to do me a big favor... go back up your files. ESPECIALLY your precious photos. NOW... don't put it off for a moment. I knew my computer was ready to crash, but I took my time...transferring a file every couple of moments when I passed my laptop at the table... and it crashed before I could get all my personal files transferred. Now, with any luck, I may be able to recover my files from my CF card (I have some software that I had to use on one occasion), but I'm still without any files I worked on with Photoshop. I'm also without my work files (spreadsheets and such; I AM smart enough to back up work files on a regular basis).
Oh, and don't buy a DELL Inspiron 1720. This is my second complete crash since I bought it in August of 2008. Twice in 6 months...that's just fabulous.