hey guys... a friend just brought his computer down for me to have a look at...he was complaining about things being slow, and he really wanted to start fresh, so we formatted, installed all of his software and did a nice little norton ghost backup image of the drive...so future installations will take minutes not hours... anyhow, so i was running the liveupdate, getting everything set and he decides to take over the computer for a minute, and loads up media player 9, and the "Opening" screen flashes, and then bang.. black screen...reboot. he then tells me that this problem was happening before... i suspect it could be his video card, or ram...he not a gamer... his system is a little older... 384 megs of ram, P3 833 processor i believe... with an ATI 8500LE video card.... has anyone had this problem before? What exactly is windows media player doing during the opening screen, i personally never use it.... is there some kind of 3d display that pulls from the video card? or could it just be chewing into a faulty chunk of ram? thanks guys, i decided to post this because i always see good things come out of questions like this..