The next day I took it to Best Buy, where the guy at the counter did all the things I have already done and then informed me that the only way to fix it was to reformat and if I wanted to save all my data on my hard drive, they would need my computer for about a week and it would cost $160. I told myself, (and still hold true) that if I had to reformat and lose my data I would cry. I probably will. I'm an internet junkie to the extreme, and a weblogger girl-type HTML savvy type. Shame on stereotypes.
Currently, my laptop is sitting on a counter, closed and collecting dust because ... well ... I am broke. Can someone please help me? I would be MUCH obliged.