ARRRGGGGGGHHHH! I was so clode to havign this system I am turning around sorted - at the last moment it seems to have thwarted me, yet again! I need to make a final reformat to go to XP Pro - went out this morning and got upgrade disc - came back, put it in and booted - a bit of whirring but then nothing..... I start to wonder - type in the D:\setup.exe fromt eh run prompt - nothing go to My computer and ARGGGGHHhhh no CD! Does this mean the CD has died on me just when I have to have it?!!! Been back to BIOS and tried to force it to detect it, seems like during the POST and boot no secondary IDE is detected at all. I have seen a few threads that have dealt with things like this and there has been some software level fix that resolved - but I am having doubts in my case. Is it time to strta going into that case and seeing if I can replace the drive from my old Win98 machine? I am dreading this - it is a slimline ("low-profile") case and I have no idea how easy this kind of thing is going to be - this is driving me nuts - sorry to ramble.... PS I did search tot try and find some of those threads, but no luck so far so I wanted to post up my problem/query.