is this the computer that you used to sync on a regular basis?
Or was it the laptop? If it was the laptop, did you make a copy of your itunes media library and transferred it to your computer?
Can you at least import your pics to your computer http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4083 that way you at least have a backup of your pictures.
Is this how your're doing the backup http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766