Well, mom received my computer yesterday; which means today or next Tuesday, she will take it to the Dude to see what he can do. At least that's the plan, it really depends on if he has the time now to do it or if he is backed up. If he does have the time and is willing to take a gander, I may get it back relatively quickly (which would mean before the end of the month, with time to spare). Depends on how much damage Earl did.
so that's that.