First of all, I have a Dell i8600 laptop. I got it November last year. I du= al boot with WinXP Home and Linux. I've never run into any of the problems = you have mentioned. I did, however, have to restore my winXP system a coupl= e of times due to a problem that occurred from repartitioning with a non st= andard partitioning tool. Linux continued to run fine throughout the ordeal= . I did lose all of my data that was in my winXP partition, but I had backu= ps. The restore went smoothly each time. I even restored SP2 each time. I'm= not sure why you're having the problems you 've run into. Do you have the = latest BIOS for your system? You can download the install/upgrade program f= ree from Dell. Sometimes that can be the source of odd problems. Since I us= e V-coms system suite, I just disabled SP2's AV program and firewall. Some = of the hard drive activity can come from constant AV checks. If your comput= er still works, turn those two things off and see what happens. You migt wa= nt to get off line when you check. Best of luck -- d=20 -----Original Message----- From: "Paul M. King" <peking7@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Dec 6, 2004 1:58 PM To: 24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [24hoursupport] (no subject) =20 Greetings Folks: My hard disk began acting up after I installed MS SP2 over an OEM WINXP=20 Home operating system. The installation is on a Dell Dimension 4600. 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.