Yeah, that sounds bad. Nothing you can do is going to make that drive any better.
About your last two options before seeking profe$$ional help or giving up are to mount the drive as a secondary in another machine, or do as Mangetout did and boot a live OS from your CD drive that may help you extract data.
The first requires a working PC, and (since this is a laptop drive), some sort of 2.5 to 3.5 IDE adapter. If the drive works well enough to be detected, you should be able to copy some files off of it.
The second is a bit easier - download some live CD distro like Knoppix or Ubuntu or whatever, and shove that in your CD drive. Again, if the HD works enough to be detected, (and you know how to use said OS to copy files over a network) you should be able to save some files.