About a week ago I decided to format and reinstall my computer stuff. It needed a good cleaning out, and I was trying to figure out a way to have 98 as a 2nd OS on it. That didn't work and I've officially given up on the idea. Anyway, 83 curse words, 7 headaches, and a few hours later, I have my XP back up and running. Over the first week of having it reinstalled, I was working on reinstalling everything, downloading a bunch of stuff (over my crappy little 56k..) and getting everything back to the way I like it. Today, I decided to install my scanner software that actually came with my scanner. That was a very bad idea. Soon as its installed, it needs to restart. So it does. And then it restarts again. And again. And again. I can't do anything in my OS without it sporadically restarting as soon as I really try to do anything. I couldn't even back up my recent files without it restarting. I figured I'd somehow gotten ahold of some virus, since it was acting so much like one. So I ended up formatting again, losing all the stuff I'd recently DLed that I hadn't been able to back up yet. Once I had XP back, I tried installing my scanner again, thinking it was just coincidence that my computer was acting all funny right after I'd installed it. Nono, how wrong was I. It started doing it again. So this time I go into safe mode to fix the problem (st00pid me who didn't try that earlier) and now everything works again. I started pulling junk out of my zip disks that had backed up files from last week's format/reinstall adventure, only to find something terribly, hideously wrong with my zip drive. it keeps taking the disk image or something and writing it into the next disk that goes in, completely destroying the data I may have already had on it. Thus, I lost all my links to Favorites I'd saved up for over a year. I had A LOT of places I liked to go to, or things I'd found of interest I may have liked to go back to. All gone now. I lost a bunch of artwork I'd been working on too. So Imma wee bit miffed right now. Later I have to redo the network again. That was another adventure in itself last week. Hoy. Got a lot to do. Anyone else ever have something go terribly wrong with their computers?