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Can Laptops Actually be Repaired?
12.28.12 | Chickensoup

Posted on 12/28/2012 6:37:43 PM PST by Chickensoup

My Vaio stopped working this morning. The little disk light goes on and on. I took it to this diagnostics guy who said he would be able to tell if he can get it going.

My question. Can the hard disk be replaced? I have been looking for replacements and havent seen one I like as much.

I surf, run my website, check email and bank online. Not much else.

help!


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My Vaio stopped working this morning. The little disk light goes on and on. I took it to this diagnostics guy who said he would be able to tell if he can get it going.

My question. Can the hard disk be replaced? I have been looking for replacements and havent seen one I like as much.

I surf, run my website, check email and bank online. Not much else.

I just realized that I handed my computer with all my information to a guy I hardly know. Tax info on there. Hmmmm. Should I be worried?

help!

1 posted on 12/28/2012 6:37:52 PM PST by Chickensoup
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To: Chickensoup

*IF* the problem is the hard drive it can be replaced for less than $50. A tech who knows his stuff can determine that in about 30 minutes.


2 posted on 12/28/2012 6:40:38 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Chickensoup

Depends on the laptop but yes they can be repaired. Hard drives aren’t usually too bad.

Sometimes its more expensive to repair then to replace.


3 posted on 12/28/2012 6:40:53 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Chickensoup

Depends if he is honest! I sure if he is in the business of repairing computers, you should be fine......


4 posted on 12/28/2012 6:41:07 PM PST by Die_Hard Conservative Lady (When all the working class leave California what will be left?)
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To: Chickensoup

Laptop hard drives are very easy to replace. Generally one screw removed, one cover removed and you can unplug the hard drive. Hard drives are cheap. If you have an image of your disk on DVD, you can easily load that on the new drive.


5 posted on 12/28/2012 6:42:15 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Chickensoup

Sorry to hear your computer is having issues. Some thoughts:
1. Please tell me you’ve backed up the machine on a regular basis.
2. Before you do anything else, call the guy and tell him you want to try to back up the computer before he does anything. See if he can pull the drive and back it up. Buy an external hard disk if you don’t have one.
3. If it is just the drive, you should be able to purchase a new one and get it installed. Fry’s, Best Buy, etc. can do this for you.
4. IF it’s more than the hard drive, you’re probably going to be in the market for a new computer. Laptop circuitry is pretty much all jammed onto a single board. If that goes, you’re out of luck.
5. Yes, you should be worried if this guy has your tax info. Probably not too much unless you’re rich and he can blackmail you.


6 posted on 12/28/2012 6:43:42 PM PST by MS from the OC (Obama taking credit for killing OBL is like Nixon taking credit for landing on the moon, John Bolton)
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To: Chickensoup

Yes, it can be repaired. If it’s the hard drive that should be apparent by any competent tech. It can easily be replaced. Now, getting the data from it may be a different story depending on the severity of the damage.


7 posted on 12/28/2012 6:43:59 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Chickensoup

check your model number but this might help - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMO-W5LSq50


8 posted on 12/28/2012 6:44:12 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Chickensoup

the hard drive is about the easiest thing on a laptop to replace - you can do it yorself AND you wont even need directions- its pretty obvious

get it to reformat and install a new operating system will be harder, if you are not at least a little tech savvy.

Salvaging your data on your old drive is possible- with some (not free) diagnostic tools for hard disk recovery- I just spent over $100 for some software to recover data from my my failed drive and I got 99% of it.

so.. if you’re sure it is the hard drive- yank it out and buy one from best buy or online

But... if it is NOT the hard drive and there is a problem with the motherboard then it is almost easier to replace it (especially if it is more than a couple of years old) - they are almost like throwaways now.

Stil with a good nam like Dell and you will have fewer problems. I had had less luck with a toshiba i bought and i refuse to buy anything from HP anymore

ASUS is good n beefy but power hogs

I consider myself lucky if my daughters lasts for over a year before they break somethign or another


9 posted on 12/28/2012 6:45:08 PM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, dammed lies, statistics, and democrap talking points.)
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To: Chickensoup

Yes, Hard Drives costing less than $100 are easy to replace if that is the problem. Other parts such as system can be replaced but sometimes cost more than replacing the Laptop. A new hard drive is something many people can do themselves. And can be found at Office depot , Best Buy ....


10 posted on 12/28/2012 6:45:50 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: Chickensoup

Here ya go the easy step by step replacement!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTCu331Rsac


11 posted on 12/28/2012 6:46:00 PM PST by tallyhoe
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To: ThomasThomas

Thanks.


12 posted on 12/28/2012 6:50:44 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: Chickensoup

If the present hard drive can not be made to work, a new drive can be obtained for around a hundred dollars. It is a fairly easy replacement. When your computer was new, hopefully it came with a CD that you could use to rebuild or reinstall your operating system. You will need this CD to install the operating system on the new hard drive.


13 posted on 12/28/2012 6:51:26 PM PST by iontheball
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To: Chickensoup

If it is the hard drive itself, yes. Most of the other components are not cost effective to repair or replace.

A good hard drive costs about $100, assuming it is a recent model. Installing one in a laptop does not take long, usually. Did you have backups of everything? If not, this isn’t going to be a lot of fun.


14 posted on 12/28/2012 6:51:52 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Chickensoup

Assuming your laptop has a lot of hours on it...

Get yourself a new laptop, and get a hold of a USB drive chassis to copy the data off your old drive.

For under $500, you can get a brand new machine with a warranty, the latest OS, faster processor, more memory, bigger drive, etc.


15 posted on 12/28/2012 6:52:19 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: MS from the OC

5. Yes, you should be worried if this guy has your tax info. Probably not too much unless you’re rich and he can blackmail you

___________________

LOL. Boy there is no chance of THAT!

Am just scraping by... but if I have to buy a new computer I need to do it by the 31rst.


16 posted on 12/28/2012 6:53:50 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: Chickensoup

Sure ... Get a solid state drive for the old laptop and its sort of like nitrous bottle on your station wagon....goes a lot faster .....:o)

Did such on a 12 year old plus laptop and loaded Ubuntu from Linux vs windows etc etc ... It’s now my screaming fast antique laptop.

99% of laptop problems that usually are desktop replacements versus really packed around and subjected to drops and rough handling etc just need a physical and digital cleaning which may require a the OS to be reloaded versus just updated.

My experience and opinion only .... Merry New Year !


17 posted on 12/28/2012 6:56:13 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Gene Eric

For under $500, you can get a brand new machine with a warranty, the latest OS, faster processor, more memory, bigger drive, etc.

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Boy I havent seen anything new like that.

I have 4mb 500GB 3.something and I dont see anything inexpensive with some push to it. I dont do much but I do a lot of it, all at once and need a fast computer.


18 posted on 12/28/2012 6:56:34 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: MS from the OC

1. Please tell me you’ve backed up the machine on a regular basis.

Every time I went to the office and plugged in the usb, The Maxtor backed it up. Recently I looked at those Maxtor files and they listed that they didnt copy file after file after file after file.


19 posted on 12/28/2012 6:59:50 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: Chickensoup

HD replacement is RIDICULOUSLY easy. Like changing a headlight. Most peope don’t know this, and fixers profit from that ignorance.

I see from above that others have told u how 2 do it.

So you got the new one in there —how to passage all your old data from the old drive. OK for that you buy a “dad enclosure” (usually it costs $20 or less). You insert the old HDD into the enclosure (which is like a plastic slot with some metal stuff in there and a cable coming out of the side), then connect the enclosure/old HDD complex into the computer.

Your computer will recognize the new device, and then you use ordinary clicks to transfer the data (which can be over 2 hours, sometimes).


20 posted on 12/28/2012 7:00:03 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Die_Hard Conservative Lady

The Estranged was in the field with mainframes and minis. First thing he used to do with new customers is look up their financials to see if they could afford to pay him.


21 posted on 12/28/2012 7:01:44 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: Mr. K

I bought a Samsung laptop last year. It lasted one month after the warranty. Then it shut off and would not turn on. Diagnostic tech said it was the motherboard and they could not get in info from Samsung on the cost of a replacement. It would probably cost more to try to fix it than it would be worth.

Samsung is on my list of companies to bypass for any future purchases. I had one of their DVR’s that only lasted a couple of years.


22 posted on 12/28/2012 7:02:05 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Chickensoup
For under $500, you can get a brand new machine with a warranty, the latest OS, faster processor, more memory, bigger drive, etc. ____________________ Boy I havent seen anything new like that.

At Best Buy today, you can buy a Toshiba with 4Gb Ram and 500Gb hard drive for $379.00.

I am sure there are others also.
23 posted on 12/28/2012 7:03:04 PM PST by Misplaced Texan (July 4, 2009 - the first day of the 2nd Revolution!)
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To: gaijin
DATA enclosure, not dad enclosure, sorry.

They call also call them like 3 other names, and they're at BB, but the cheapest place is from Ebay, usually.


24 posted on 12/28/2012 7:04:01 PM PST by gaijin
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To: TomGuy

Good to know

So far my bad list is:
Dell
HP
Samsung
Leveno
I am using my son’s Toshiba Satellite and it has a very stinky keyboard.


25 posted on 12/28/2012 7:06:42 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: TomGuy

Good to know

So far my bad list is:
Dell
HP
Samsung
Leveno
I am using my son’s Toshiba Satellite and it has a very stinky keyboard.


26 posted on 12/28/2012 7:06:56 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: Chickensoup

BTW, you can get a 500G replacement drive for about 60 bucks at Amazon or a million other places.


27 posted on 12/28/2012 7:07:33 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Chickensoup

I took 3 laptops to Staples last year and they fixed all three. One needed a hard drive, one needed a low voltage power supply, and one needed a battery...DUH!! It was reasonable and I have all three machines back.


28 posted on 12/28/2012 7:13:50 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: Chickensoup
Can Laptops Actually be Repaired?

Not mine.

29 posted on 12/28/2012 7:17:01 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Squawk 8888

*IF* the problem is the hard drive it can be replaced for less than $50. A tech who knows his stuff can determine that in about 30 minutes.

HAHAHA Surely, and no I didn’t call you Shirley, $50 isn’t going come close to paying for the HD let alone the Tech to determine the problem then repair it.


30 posted on 12/28/2012 7:24:27 PM PST by DAC21
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To: Spktyr
No reason to spend $100 for a hard drive. Go to New Egg and you can probably have one for around $60.

They are not hard to replace at all.

What area are you in? Just be sure that you have your restore disk to replace your OS. If you do not have that, but have the OS COA on the computer you can just use any an OS of the same type. When you install, just use your COA number from the original OS.

Once you get it installed, just go to the SONY site and get the proper drivers for you model of laptop. Putting all that stuff back on is often the time killer of the whole process.

The drive is just minutes in comparison.

Good luck and enjoy. Just remember it is a machine and you are the human so it can NOT beat you. Just stick to it.
31 posted on 12/28/2012 7:26:54 PM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS... We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? The Dems care!)
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To: MS from the OC

MSftOC

Why is it necessary to back up the machine on a regular basis? Rab can but wounder.

r.


32 posted on 12/28/2012 7:37:20 PM PST by Rabin
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To: DAC21

Where I live you can get 2.5” new SATA drives starting at $50 and most of the shops offer refurbs even cheaper.


33 posted on 12/28/2012 7:38:36 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Squawk 8888

I have bought refurb drives for under $50, and they work great. Have periodically gotten larger and larger hard drives for my machines, and for friends. It is real easy to swap drives, after cloning the old one to a replacement via an external USB interface. Hardest partis waiting for the cloning process to complete copying the old drive. The old drive then goes into an external case as a spare portable drive. I regularly backup or clone to external drives, everyone should as insurance.


34 posted on 12/28/2012 7:45:46 PM PST by roadcat
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Just verify whether the drive is an IDE (unlikely), or a SATA. Driveimage XML is a wonderful free backup.


35 posted on 12/28/2012 7:51:10 PM PST by Cololeo
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To: Chickensoup

Laptops overall really suck.

To be honest the only one I use is a Macbook Air, but I’m not really a mac guy. It is just the Air is really the only quality laptop to speak of. There is a Vaio ultrabook model or two that I have liked, but they are less reliable.

I won’t give up my self-built mega desktop for anything. If you sink about 3-4K it will last you about 7-9 years at this point and you’ll have ultimate horsepower the whole span, the way software and gaming has really leveled out about 4 years ago.

/end rant. lol.


36 posted on 12/28/2012 7:52:58 PM PST by Individual Rights in NJ (I don't even know what to say anymore...)
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To: Chickensoup

Just post the information about your laptop and we can google you a cheap hard drive from a safe place, with free shipping.


37 posted on 12/28/2012 8:01:46 PM PST by ansel12
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To: JSteff

Yes, but the tradeoff is that you have to wait for it. It sounds like she needs it now, and the retail price for one is about $100, maybe a bit less.


38 posted on 12/28/2012 8:02:16 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Chickensoup

Repairs such as hard disks and RAM are usually not a big deal. Key boards and mouse pads with left and right click buttons are a little more expensive but still not totally out of being replaced or repaired. The big money usually starts with processors and displays. That’s where it usually becomes a not worth it repair depending on the age of the laptop. In my opinion anything older than Windows 7 isn’t worth the time labor and cost if it goes further than the hard drive or RAM modules.


39 posted on 12/28/2012 8:24:39 PM PST by Wiggins
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To: TomGuy

I have a Samsung washer- worst machine i ever owned

On the other hand two of the best were Dell and Honda


40 posted on 12/28/2012 8:24:47 PM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, dammed lies, statistics, and democrap talking points.)
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To: Mr. K

lol You could not give me a Dell. And, my HPs have been fantastic. I buy mine from Costco, so have a 2 year warranty and it is so easy to use. Yes, I had one problem with a laptop; sent it in and was back in less than a week, no cost at all on my part, they had it picked up from me. Oh, and when I called in to tech support, they spoke English! I was a happy camper. Dell, on the other hand, I am not even going to go into how horrible their (non)customer service is. Of course, your mileage may vary.
To the OP, if it is the hard drive, all should be well, as others have stated. Always back stuff up; have a schedule.


41 posted on 12/28/2012 9:15:16 PM PST by ozaukeemom (USA-it was nice while it lasted)
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To: Chickensoup

Chickensoup, This is NOT “News/Activism!” There are Forums such as “Bloggers & Personal” & “General Interest Chat” for this type chit chat. Please do not misuse FR!


42 posted on 12/28/2012 9:21:29 PM PST by Tango Whiskey Papa
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To: roadcat

I do something similar. I have an old desktop that I’m using as a file and print server and I keep all my backups on it. Additionally, my critical project files are replicated to three different clouds- Google, SkyDrive and Ubuntu One.


43 posted on 12/28/2012 9:21:52 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: ansel12; Chickensoup

Tiger Direct’s Canadian site offers a 320GB drive, new, for $53.99- http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6063509&CatId=2681


44 posted on 12/28/2012 9:26:54 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Mr. K

I’ve been partial to Acer myself, used them in a corporate setting since the early 1990s and never had a failure. My current development machine is an Aspire laptop that I picked up a year ago at Wal-Mart for $350.


45 posted on 12/28/2012 9:29:51 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Squawk 8888; Chickensoup

How about $48.00 and free shipping from Amazon?

http://www.amazon.com/Blue-320-Mobile-Hard-Drive/dp/B0037NYQ7K


46 posted on 12/28/2012 9:32:52 PM PST by ansel12
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To: Chickensoup

Is this useful for you? If everyone says it is good, I think I’ll download it myself.

*Laplink DiskImage for PC downloads for free*

“Laplink offers downloads of Laplink DiskImage for Windows for free. That’s tied with yesterday’s mention (which required a rebate) and the lowest price we’ve seen. It creates a complete backup of your PC.”

http://laplink.com/landingpages/compdiskimage/?ClickID=drhrxkczwzcwobx0mxky0cwh2nboycokbrxk


47 posted on 12/28/2012 9:50:29 PM PST by ansel12
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To: Chickensoup
you can repair many things on your laptop if you can do it yourself. If you want to pay someone to do it, it's often time for a new one. A tech guy wanted $350 to repair my laptop. I figured I was going to throw it out anyway so I had nothing to lose by taking it apart. It cost me about $25 and half of that was for some tools I needed to take it apart. you can find plenty of help on youtube and the internet. Just go slow and easy and keep all the screws and parts carefully marked and separated
48 posted on 12/28/2012 10:26:07 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: gaijin
HD replacement is RIDICULOUSLY easy.

True for most Dell laptops. My Acer One is not easy. It's quite a tear down. Not that I'm afraid of that. I ripped a Dell D600 and a "hanger queen" D600 and made one good machine.

A good sanity check is to attempt an alternate boot with a live Linux CDROM using either the internal drive or an external USB drive. That will give a good confidence level for the motherboard, memory, screen, network, keyboard, USB and audio. The KNOPPIX live CDROM is a good choice as a diagnostic tool.

Make sure you actually tear it down and determine if the hard disk is PATA or SATA before spending money on the replacement. A paper spec sheet might tell you that without tearing it open.

49 posted on 12/28/2012 11:14:47 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Chickensoup

If you decide to buy a new computer look at an Acer. They sell them at Walmart and Staples. I have an Acer XP that has given very good service and is still running like a top. Businesses buy Acer. They’re not sexy, but good. Have a friends who works on Dell laptops purchased by the government and she repairs brand new ones a lot, and returns them to Dell for replacement often. I’ve had Dell, Sony and HP, and that Acer is the best computer I ever bought.


50 posted on 12/28/2012 11:48:46 PM PST by CaraMiaR (Excuse me, I have to adjust my aluminium hat.)
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