Basically my stupid suicidal computer hung itself until dead. The power jack (where the power cord attaches into my computer), broke completely free of the base leaving a big jagged hole with the jack dangling and the wires separating from the 2 pieces. Hubby tried to fix it, but could only reattach the wires to the jack, but not to where it was apparently separating from the motherboard.
We debated replacing my 4 year old computer with a new one, but what we can afford right now is not much. It will cost about 1/2 as much to repair it, but
I'll be without my computer for 4-5 days.
Hubby says I can use his after he's gone to bed, and while he's at work. So I have access to e-mail, but not my contact list or files. (Hey Purple, would you please e-mail me with a link to Chit'n'Chat?) Still better than having no computer at all (the withdrawals were really getting to me!).
So we now (mostly) resume our regularly scheduled programming.