not the memory.
not a virus.
one of the mounting brackets on the cpu heatsink had snapped. juryrigged a paperclip mount for that corner and it seems to be running. :)
item 2:primary disk failure; device not found
the hard drive does indeed seem to be physically missing. the guy who uses that computer is on vacation, out of the country. I'm guessing he took it with him?
So. How was YOUR day?
Really, now? ;)