after putting a Live Desktop CD (Backtrack Linux) into my laptop, and executing a "fdisk -l" command, the drive is listed as 8mb...
then I found this:
is there a fix?
well, after reading some of that, I feel like it makes more sense.
I took my laptop on a road trip this weekend and the last time I tried to turn it on the battery was dead, which seemed weird to me because have hiberation/sleep turned off but I couldn't remember if I shut the machine down properly or it ran out of juice because the power socket in the hotel was connected to the light switch and I didn't realize it. At any rate that was last night and I just put the thing back in its cary case instead of plugging it in. Imagine my surprise today when I got home and wanted to play some portal 2.