I had major issues w/my computer so it had to be shut down and when it restarted, it did the usual Scandisk and something that it doesn't normally do, Registry Check. It said that the registry was now restored to a better version. I thought everything was okay so I log in, the USB checks the new hardware for the cable modem, I see flashes of files being loaded or something and then it disappears and my computer freezes. This happens a few times before I disconnect the USB devices and restart. Then I reconnect and the external drive reads fine but the cable modem isn't working. I speak to Comcast techs (my provider) and after playing around with IP and deleting this and adding that, we come to the conclusion that my Winsock is corrupted. I don't know if these events are related (registry errors and freezes), but the tech tells me that it's only a matter of time before Winsock becomes corrupted and there is nothing I can do to prevent it. So, I guess I don't really have a question, but if anyone has any comments or suggestions, I'd appreciate it. In the meantime, I'll be looking for an Ethernet card and thinking about upgrading to XP b/c this was such a hassle. I was close to just formatting the drive and starting from scratch, and that would just annoy me >:( --------------------------------- Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Tax Center - File online, calculators, forms, and more 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.