I'm starting to wonder if the computer built from begged and cheap parts is more of a false economy. It's being very temperamental at boot time, complaining of disk read errors that chkdsk can't fix. The hard disk manufacturer's diagnostic software doesn't find anything wrong with the disk, so I'm now trying to swap out components in decreasing order of cheapness. That is, I just put in a new IDE cable ;-) If it deosn't work, I think I probably will drop this big noisy box out the window. And we live on the top floor.