I have a story that is probably familiar to everyone.
I was eager to get out and get my RGB data on M3 and I knew I had a limited window since the forecast was for clouds to roll in later tonight. In general, it was forecast to have high altitude clouds/mediocre transparency, but I figured I'd give it a shot. If nothing else, I could work on my guider trouble-shooting. So, I went out, got everything set up and opened up the laptop - BUT FORGOT IT WAS DELICATE. Long ago, the left hinge had gone funny in my laptop which resulted in me treating it gently during opening so as not to dislodge the little bits inside. Well, I pulled it up and then quickly got my technique back but I guess the damage was done. I go to power on the laptop and.... no screen. ARGH!
I pulled up the speaker plate (it's a dv6000 HP pavilion) and looked at the little screen wire. One of the wires looked frayed! doh! So I brought the laptop inside thinking... ok, let's see if I can just move things a little bit. I get the screen back inside and I think I'm in the clear. I get it back outside, plugged in and.... blank screen again!
By this time, the clouds were increasing in thickness so I just decided to pack it up. So, now I've spent the last hour disassembling and reassembling the laptop. I put some electrical tape over the frayed wire which, I'm sure, had gotten snagged under the (mobile) hinge assembly. I then tapped a new thread into the hinge base (the old one had been threaded, that's why it was busted) and then inserted a new 4-40 screw. Reconnect it all and... I'm typing on it now. The screen is more secure as well, so it should be more robust of a solution in general.
I know it was hazy out anyway and maybe I wouldn't have gotten much useful time. Even so, it was a frustrating result for the evening! Forecast for next clear night? Next weekend.
I bet other people can beat that story, though...