... where there will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.
My laptop has died.
Or to be more precise, the motherboard has died.
I turned it on - several lines of DOS script flashed across the top of the screen, and then it turned itself off.
I turned it on, and couldn't get past the initial Toshiba flash screen. The keyboard was dead, and so was the power button. The only way I could turn it off was to flip it over and remove the battery.
A trip to a shop has confirmed the death of the motherboard, so as it will be cheaper to buy a replacement laptop rather than get a new motherboard and have it fitted (with no guarantee on its life), the laptop is now in pieces in my kitchen with various parts earmarked for sale on E-bay.
The only consolation - both hard drives are still working and by using an external caddy I can access them, so I have not lost any files or pictures.
Could have been worse.