Ambitious old fart wants to tackle strange new world. I have a Compaq Presario 12xl500 (1200) It has a 766mhz celeron, 5g hdd, windows xp home version (originaly came with me) , 184mb memory, a floppy and a cd rom. My wife is back in college, and needs power point and other stuff. The hard drive is about full, logicaly i should pack it in and spend 5c on an ebay lap top, but i started drag racing a 68 Merc Cougar and repaired the seqential tail lights and vac can head lights by myself, then moved on to a 86 5ltr Mustang. I figure its time i get aquainted with the computer revolution. What i want is more memory(320 max), at least a 40 gig hdd(at 5400rpm?) a cdrw-dvd( so she can write her power point presentations) and possibly to upgrade the 766 celeron to what ever the most i can put in there. This is as much to learn about hot rodding a lap top as it is to get the performance. If you think all this is STILL gona leave her with a machine that we'll have to replace in 3 years, let me know. Ill start with a better machine, but id love to upgrade this machine so she would appreciate what i did. Thanks for you time and your helping out a "newbe".