So it turns out that when it comes to being a pack rat with anything electronic was smart life decision. My husband had kept all our past laptops and battery cords and after a bit of tinkering and replacing certain bits we got my old college laptop back in working condition. It's not the greatest laptop out there considering everything about it is old and greatly outdated, but it runs with no problems and at this point I'll take it.
Other than that I still have alot of things to do with this old thing, a few more updates and installing a few more drivers etc. And making due with this puny 80gb hard drive.
So with that said, i just need to reacquaint myself with photoshop CS2 as I have been working with CS5 this whole time. Shouldn't be too hard, but I also need to shake out any rust I've accumulated since my laptop decided to hate me.
I can't wait to start drawing again... And hopefully using my old laptop will be temporary.
GAWD This thing is ANCIENT!!