My Fujifilm FinePix 1400 Zoom finally died
...I abused it quite a lot, takeing it near to horses, it fallen quite a few times, at least two times on concrete, and survived pretty much everything . Yesterday it died *on my table*. Not sure why, electronics is still alive and it does not look like mechanical failure. I turn it on, it does beep beep beep beep, and turns off, as if battery was low. Unfortunately it does that with fresh batteries, too, and even connected to external power supply. [If you know how to fix this one, let me know...]
Now, this is mostly for Patrick, but probably applies to any notebook owner with dying harddrive: Do *not* try to fsck it. Turn it off, let it cool down. Do not run it with lid closed any more. When it is cool, turn it on, and try to scp/rsync/whatever as much as you can out of it. Do not attempt to run fsck, you can always do that when you have backup copy on some safe place. Chance is that your hdd will recover after cooling down... Vojtech managed to fix two harddrives by lowlevel formatting them.