Let me start off with that! What a day for computing. Yesterday, I had a hard drive crash on my desktop, then went to get my 6 month old laptop and when I opened it up, the screen went all pinkish and had horizontal lines flashing through it! Both in one day! Sheesh!
The desktop gave me a warning about a week ago when it all the sudden wouldn't boot up one morning. I ran a repair disc and nothing then all the sudden it did fire up. But yesterday no such luck. The good news is that it uses an SAS RAID storage system which mean that it has a stack of 3 identicle SCSI drives. They all are mirror images of each other. This means no info is lost if one fails. You just get another, and pop it in and off you go. It takes all three to run though so I had to order a new one to replace the blinking(failed) one. It works like a server.
The laptop I wasn't so fortunate although I'm typing this on it right now after fiddling with the calibration so that I could at least see a little better. (crazy pixelation) Tried to uninstall the video drivers and reinstall new ones but no joy. Got HP service (some guy in India) to help but we couldn't fix it. Graphics card is the culprit. They are sending me a free Fedex box and will repair (read: replace ) it for free. While cool, it's a pain as I have to back up everything because they will just send me a new one I'm sure due to the fact that the graphics are onboard the motherboard. Oh well, at least it was still in warrentee.
So that's how my day went!