Well, that was a scary few days for me. The thought of not being able to recover information from my laptop almost had me taking to my sickbed!
Thanks to all of you for your wonderful advice. Especially to the primary source of my being able to now have my old laptop back, working like brand new. My island friend Zina informed me of a guy here on the island who fixes laptops. Within 24 hours of taking it to him, I have it back and not only does it work again, it is spotlessly clean!
The problem was more or less what I thought it was and what Steve mentioned. Water and salt. The air is so full of salt right here in front of the ocean that it had clogged up a lot of my connections with salt corrosion. There was also a fair amount of condensation inside, which had to be dried with a hair dryer! All that even though I keep this baby pretty securely covered when not in use. It is a loosing battle against the salt here.
So I hope to be back to regular blogging next Monday. Right now my time is being taken up with transferring stuff off this computer that I want to save and have access to and watching Hurricane Ida. Even if it passes us a Tropical Storm, the eye is expected to be only 20 miles from Cancun. I think we are going to have to board up just like for a hurricane. Winds could reach 75 miles per hour.
The fun never ends in paradise!