Is there a way to deactivate PS CS5 on the laptop that died? Obviously I can't go the typical route and launch PS on the machine and go to the Help menu.
I can only install PS CS5 on two machines so I really need to install it on my new laptop.
First, try to install it. If the activation fails, then call Adobe Customer Support and tell them what happened, and they can help you.
Simply call support by phone. And you have your terminology - you can instal lthe software on a million computers, but only activate it on two. Without activation, it will simply run as a 30 day trial.