I was asked to post a welcoming thread as I just joined. How? Google and following a BSOD (that does not seem to be helping - but it has me stumped). The BSOD occurs during startup and when I try to reload XP Home! I am running a memory check program now (seems obvious, but somehow I dont think it is going to find anything) that I learned from the Google link. SO I figured I would join and post. For the record, one of the posters on the thread indicated the problem was HP. Unfortunately this one is a Dell. So I will be looking for more. And thanks. BTW: The handle is to honor my great Uncle. I am not a doc (he was).