My laptop is on the fritz! I am quite distressed about the potential loss of photos and work, but am trying to hold it together until we can do some more investigating. Mr RG has a few ideas, he is quite clever with these things. However we may need to take it to the professionals.
For now, at least, I have Mr RG's laptop to use - even if it is running Google Chrome and doesn't have Windows Live Writer or Picasa (or the MANY other gadgets I have on my laptop).
Keep your fingers crossed for me that all will be saved!