I have an external "backup point" from last December saved, but the machine claims it can't use it; I'm guessing because it's a Windows 7 backup whereas the factory image is running Vista. So I'm now installing the Windows 7 upgrade, in the hopes that it will be able to use the December restore point to rebuild the system. My data is backed up by Carbonite, so assuming I get the system in place, Carbonite will fix the data. I hope.
Meanwhile, I need to go to Best Buy tomorrow and get a new video card, and hope that is the end of this particular mess.
I wonder if I could get LotRO to run in the Windows emulator on a Mac. And I wonder if it wouldn't just be all the same pain but with a higher price tag.
Meanwhile, I'm glad I have this iPad.