Oh man, reillj, good luck. I would be SO angry in your situation.
@borisb: I thought they had just discontinued the line are were working on a tablet-only product now?
And for the record, in case any other PE owners have the same problem, I let the battery run down. Once I plugged it in and restarted, it booted up (in Dingo) no problem. I only lost a pixel (grr), but am just glad to have the **** thing running. [on preview: really, censoring d*mn? WOW.]