The freezing up may be due to the programs not being able to get the data off the drive.
But I don't understand how this could affect my networking, especially with the laptop not being able to connect.
It keeps telling me the media isn't set up... I don't remember anything about needing media... grrr
Well, I'm going to keep the thing shut off for a few days, let the creature cool down, and then, as I get the chance, try to back up as much stuff as I can onto CDs until I can get a new drive, or a new computer.
I think I've got all my pictures saved. Not all my videos though. Some of those are too big to put on CD. :(
My head hurts.