Im not exactly sure what, but sudden crackly noises and then an absolute refusal to boot up are never a good sign, really.
The good news it that I only had to spend about 20 minutes on the phone with Dell tech support before they decided that it wasnt anything i did, and it wasnt something they could talk me through.
The bad news is, they dont really have a clue either, so I have to ship it in for diagnostics and fixing. They said they are replacing the fan and the rubber feet on the bottom (?), but that there might be a motherboard issue as well. or something else, really, they dont know, so be sure and enclose a letter explaining what has been going on in detail.
this is made even better by the fact that on Thursday, I head to Anchorage for a week for a doctor's appointment and the state special ed conference, which means ill be in my hotel room for many hours alone without a computer. what the hell am i supposed to do with all of that free time?
so, needless to say, my lj time is going to be severely reduced. the school server blocks lj completely, and i can only borrow brandus's laptop on occasion.
ill try and check in, but the chances of me actually commenting on anything are pretty much nil.