Macbook pro, First Gen, 2.16, 17inch. 1.5g ram. Was playing a game windowed and watching a video at the same time. Computer is a workhorse, handling it well. All of a sudden, the skies open up, daemons come spawning from the ground and my screen gets this weird checkered red and white pattern across it. Computer hangs, and upon consulting with one of the daemons, he suggested a forced restart. I did, and waited for the laptop to boot. Soothing, sensual apple bbburrrrrr, the average little spinning around in circles waiting thing under the apple logo, then, a blue screen as it does before it loads the wallpaper. and that's where it stays. Now look, I love the colour blue as much as the next guy. Hell, my wallpaper was blue before the laptop decided on it's change of pace. But I kind of enjoyed the functionality of a $3000 laptop as well. I promptly stopped my screams of rage to perform a PRAM thing. (you know, option, command, p, r) No change. 'Ah,' I thought, 'A power issue this must be!'. Laptop disconnected from AC, battery out, held the power button down for a while. Kick it back on, nothing again. boot camp my way into windows, it runs but with strange artifacts or something behind the pointer, the system works but really slowly and it's just a generally unpleasant experience. Thinking about the link between the artifacts and the checkered screen issue, I checked to see that there were no issues with the videocard in windows. Windows told me that it was running great, and it wished I'd visit more often. It gave me a box of cookies to share with my brother and sent me on my merry way. However, I'm no expert when it comes to windows computers, but the ever so peaceful videocard seemed to have it's name popping up under the 'conflicts' tab a number of times, no idea what it's about. Anyway, thinking this may be more than a software issue, I ran the apple hardware checking thing at bootup, ran a comprehensive test and it came back and told me everything was fine. Tried running in safe mode, held shift, the computer thought about it for a little longer than usual and then decided on sticking with the blue screen. Thinking then, it must be a software issue, I loaded the osX dvd and held C while it loaded. Again, the laptop thought about it, warmed up the dvd player, ignored it and went on it's merry way enjoying the scenery at bluesville, bluetucky, BlueSA. so I tried holding option and selecting the DVD directly from the list. same thing again, thinks about it, goes to the blue. I need: A) to be able to access my files and get them the hell off the HDD before it decides to freak out any more. b) get my laptop healthy again so it can get back to training and win the softball championship this year. Sunshine, cookies and a warm glass of milk to the person with the best response.