I have a first generation 12" PowerBook (see stats in sig) running OS X 10.4 and recently it's been giving me kernel panics. Now, this laptop's been through a lot. It's been dropped (has a couple dents on the corners as a result) and carried and jostled and bumped. It's survived all of that relatively unscathed. Now, though, whenever I grip the case surrounding the hard drive (left front next to the touchpad) it tends to give me kernel panics. Last night it started giving me panics on start up. Occasionally I can get to the desktop before the error message pops up but more often it panics during the gray Apple logo screen or the spinning wheel just stops spinning. Is my beloved 12" finally due to be replaced? Is my system kaput? Is my hard drive bad? Most importantly: is there any way to recover my files?? All suggestions and advice appreciated.