Well, we finally gave up on trying to get the old laptop working. There might still be some hope, but the technicians who are looking at it are taking forever. I've been trudging along without for almost two months. My husband found a deal on another laptop that is newer than the one I'd been using, although still used (which means we can afford it.) The keyboard setup is a little different, so it will take some getting used to, but there will be no more sharing the computer with kids who have to do homework.
I used to dream of having one computer, but now we have three - the main family computer, my laptop, and my husbands laptop. It gives me a headache just to think about having to function without the technology we've become accustomed to. The other day, my daughter was in a bit of a tizzy because she'd been given an assignment to write a report without getting any information from the internet. She thought I was from the dark ages when I told her we used to actually go to the library and look the information up in actual books.
So, I'm back in business. I can use the computer whenever I want and write thousands of words to my hearts content. Unfortunately, the laptop didn't come with a bonus jar of extra time. If anyone knows where I can pick some up, I'll really be laughing.