Baby Lappy (Dell Inspiron 700M) was dropped fairly hard yesterday. Her hard drive is now having some serious errors. Also, her battery is kaput, I have to keep her plugged in all the time (which is slightly beyond the point of having a laptop).
It's cheaper and easier to replace those two things.
She's over two years old now - it's cheaper and easier just to replace her.
You should fix her AND get a new laptop. There's never too many computers in the Swan house!