I've just formatted>re-installed xp on my desktop... specs: abit ip35 m/b,2gig ddr2 ram,intel core 2 duo 2.66 basically im trying to figure out why my comp runs like this as i've tried to fix it myself countless times and i just end up loosing my temper with it... Issues: I opened my computer this morning only to find my 500gig hard-drive had only one file in it! which was basically a full hdd. A few moments later i tried it again.. and the files re-appeared although it was basically unresponsive in my computer and i couldnt load anything off the hdd.. also a brand new 250gig hdd i bought refused to format and eventually after about the 6 or 7th try, I managed to format, although when i tried to transfer files into this new hdd it would eventually hang and not work.. Thinking this was a bios issue (armed with little knowledge about setting the bios up) i basically selected the 2 options in there to "restore optimized defaults" and "load failsafe defaults" re-booted.. now windows loads up without keyboard or mouse (if at all) .. Is it possible my bios settings are wrong or possibly even infected with something, any help is appreciated as this is an on-going problem.. thanks. update: shortly after posting this i was looking in bios and after a while my keyboard just stopped working in there too..