That is the laptop. I believe you are all correct. While the laptop LOOKS in mint condition and I hate to trash anything (I have monitors and computer cases older than my daughter... not to mention a TI 99/4A laying around.), I cannot see getting this repaired for anything less than what HP wants.
My daughter is not having fits over lost data, so I am guessing even that is not worth worrying about. I will likely open it up completely, have one last look myself, then put it back together and try to sell it for parts minus the hard drive.
Thanks to you guys for all the help! You have been great, A Happy New Year to y'all... I hope 2010 is good to you!