FREE COMPUTER: Hurry and get it otherwise its going for a flying lesson out of a Portland highrise...I think that is my last resort. Maybe I could aim for a Bush supporter. Kidding! OKay - I'll make this as short as possible because long threads aren't fun or funny ..just not fun. SPECS: Windows Xp Home AMD Athlon xp 2400 80 gig 256 DDR (yes thats it) PROBLEM: Coming home from work, first boot in the morning (cold boot, etc.), - comp starts, gets to the Windows Xp spash screen (the screen with the little loading bar on the bottom) - than HANGS (bar keeps moving across the screen - hard drive light has stopped flashing). Nothing happens from there and this ALWAYS happens from a cold boot. I must reset, turn off, either or - starts up again and ALWAYS loads up to my desktop. Once the computer is on - runs perfect. If I turn it off - back on again maybe a few minutes later, starts back on no problem. Same with Restarting. This problem only exists from a cold boot. SOLUTIONS: I believe this is not a software/virus related issue. * I have checked ALL drivers as a possibility. * Computer scanned w/ damn near every virus scanner out there. * Uninstalled all Norton related software * Checked BIOS settings for any kind of boot conflicts or anything that looked funny * Removed, cleaned the dust out, replaced hardware components * I even asked it really nice to stop messing with me I thought perhaps this could be a hardware related problem - bad memory, HD - all of which I tested on a friends comp - works perfect. Ok - so than I thought....POWER SUPPLY! HA! Maybe my old case just didn't have the juice any more. I have an older 300W Antec - so, thanks to Newegg's unbelievably fast shipping - I rec'd my brand new 450W Rosewill case (with lots of cool *** lights). I did the switcheroo yesterday - booted up (had a few initial problems) - but eventually got to the good 'ol desktop. So NOW - on this HORRIBLE SUNDAY morning, I come to turn on my computer and BAM - EXACT same F****** Thing. (That's Freakin by the way...why, what did you say in your head when you read it huh?!?) So....P L E A S E ...anyone out there with a heart, please! - there is a computer here extremely close to a painstakingly horrible death. And just a side note - thanks, but reinstalling windows as a solution is just like telling me Corey Feldman is going to have a career again - it's just not going to happen. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!