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?
You may be suffering the issue discussed in the following threads. Note that Intel has produced and is currently testing a fix, though it is not yet released.
The first thread listed has the most current information, in fact word of a fix was just posted today
EDIT AFTER YOUR LAST POST : Sounds like this is your issue. You might keep an eye on the the first thread there as Alan from Intel is updating with information on the 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.