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Whoda thought I'd ever start a "new thread?" I can hardly thread a needle.

But seriously, folks, this forum appears to have possibilities for learning from some capable teckies. My only claim to techie fame is a couple of years working in a tech support sweat shop, first in CD writer's infancy(remember "buffer underrun?"), and then trying to make AIO printer/scanner/copier/fax machines behave. But that was a few years ago.

Lately I've been playing the OS game; the custom-built computer I have came with Vista Home Premium and had some issues with staying connected to DSL. So I "upgraded" to XP, only to find it couldn't properly utilize all my 64bit memory. So I changed BACK to Vista, and each time I had to reinstall all my aps. Not the most productive week on record. Good thing I get a perverse enjoyment out of messing with this thing.

Next step, Windows 7, and if I get up the nerve, dual-boot to Ubuntu. Other than that, I write, and "design" stuff with SketchUp.

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Well, welcome to the forums :)

And if I might make a suggestion, make the change from Vista to 7 asap... 7 is (in my humble experience) the best of the bunch. Microsoft finally got something right with Win7. Only one thing I would watch for and that is in hardware compatibility. I found out the hard way that Windows 7 is not so friendly with older devices (like my poor HP LaserJet 1012 which works now, but very very slowly).

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Thanks for the suggestion. Someone will no doubt come up with proper Win 7 drivers for most hardware. In my quest for drivers, I discovered to my chagrin that I could find nothing without subscribing to a driver-search service. If anyone knows of a better alternative, please shout it from the virtual housetops.

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