Well I was bored one night and played with the cord between the brick and the laptop, which finally broke so I cut back the nub on the brick, then cut again which went too deep, then cut again and wired it up so it would work. No elect. tape so tried to keep the two leads as far away as possible. Booted to safe mode prompt, changed to my home directory and ran mylivecd. I have an iso, came to the library with it on a flash, downloaded the mobile live cd file and had it up on one of the library puters. It looks like it only took SDA1 but at least I can install on another laptop, when one shows up. Hopefully soon, bored out of my mind without a computer! Thanks all for your help!
My laptop PS finally bit the dust and supposedly a friend has found a new laptop, but he's not been given it yet.
But here's my problem:
I'm hoping it has a DVD burner, so I can stick my drive in it and make an ISO of my 10 gig drive so I can migrate it to the new drive. I've read here that you need to set it to re-scan for hardware, and I'd been thru most everything and could not find that setting. So if I stick my drive in the new lappy will I be able to get pclos up?