This is the second time to write this. First time said I wasn't logged in. (But I was)<sigh> Now... I don't usually drive my husbands car. It has a sloping hood and I set all the items I had carried out after a meeting on the hood while I fumbled with the keys and lock. My phone, purse and Mac all feel. I was (am) upset, but before I loose my cool I thought I'd ask for help here. I did do "due diligence", searching for how to check my MacBook Pro if it isn't booting, but didn't find anything particularly on task. I got 32 pages of info, but nothing I could find with a protocol for testing my Mac after a fall. I thought I'd try using the firewire hook up and booting holding the T key down. If I can see the hard drive I could at least recover the data. If not, I'm not sure of the next step. I am not afraid to crack the case, having just upgraded the hd and RAM to much larger sizes. If I did that I'd be looking for loose wires, boards, etc. and seeing IF anything looked wrong. Any ideas on what could be wrong? Symptoms: with cord or battery: will turn on and light up light on front of machine. Keyboard remains dark as does screen. There is no chime, so I don't think it's booting, but it is getting power. I do have a nice dent on the case by the dvd slot. It also sprung the lid, but it does still catch. I use this machine about 10 hours a day. I have sooo much info on it! I really need it. Any suggestions gratefully accepted. KaCe PS I am going to make a slip resistant handle for this. With my arthritic hands I can't hold the case well. There is NOTHING to grip. The lines may be clean, but this sleek look makes for a slippery computer that's difficult to pick up and that slides easily. I've done leather working in the past and have some leather, so I'm going to create a "steam punk-ish" strap/handle that I can grasp, but that adds little weight and no barriers for heat to escape. I'll enjoy the look too.