I had someone bring me a dead Gateway Astro. The place they had previously taken it had had it apart, lost about half of the screws, then told them it had to be sent back to Gateway. I took it apart and the battery was dead. Put a new one in and it came up with a bunch of missing .dll's, etc. There was a screw missing from the HD and at a closer look, it appeared that it had been removed for some reason. I surmise that someone had reformatted the HD. I managed to get windows 98 back on it, and got it to come up with the "restore" disk, but now it says: "While initializing device CONFIGMG: Windows Protection Error. You need to restart your computer." Well, when you restart, it will go to safe mode, but if you try to reboot back into normal, it will say it has repaired a registry error and then lockup. Any ideas or suggestions will be GREATLY appreciated, as I'm getting sick of messing with it. Doug -- Doug Keller "Learn from the mistakes of others, Wis-Kel Electronics because you won't live long enough 101 Freeland Ave. to make them all yourself" Terra Alta, WV USA 26764 dek@xxxxxxxxxx For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.