I dropped my personal laptop as I was packing up to leave work tonight, and now it won’t start. It was only from the height of my chair, and I did manage to slow its fall a little, but still it won’t power up.
Well, more accurately, when I first tried to start it up, I got a white screen with some ASCII text in the upper left corner saying something about firmware and asking me to type one of two commands (either resume startup or “shut-down”) at the prompt. I winced and typed “shut-down.” It did shut down, and when I tried to turn it on again after that, I heard the startup sound but got no response from the screen. I tried several times with the same results.
I have an extended warranty, but the hours shown on the Apple support documentation are 8AM to 8PM CST, so I have 9.5 hours left to freak out before I can call.
So I’m posting this entry from my Treo, and looking for sympathy, suggestions (man, if someone has an idea on something I can try that won’t void my warranty and WORKS that person will be my new best friend), uh, sympathy again… yeah, and suggestions. And sympathy.
But no fair telling me what an idiot I am for dropping it. I already know that.
Edited to add: It’s working again, hurrah! But thanks to everyone for the comments, both sympathetic and suggestive. Er. You know what I mean.