Mack, appreciate the research you're doing and I think you're right, to a large extent. I've done some looking around at "Patin Couffin" in the past as well, and it seems that it is an alternative to Adaptec's ASPI (I believe you just posted info like this) and is probably akin to, or best described as a driver. You're definitely right about cleaning the registry...something I've been pretty anal retentive about for a couple of years. It helps a lot. One of the things I've noticed is that the issues we're seeing, often seem to have multiple causes so that there's not always, one, quick, clean fix. I mean, it's great when that's the case, but I've not seen this consistently. There is such marked variability, user to user and system to system, and no matter how good some of us are at pc hygiene, stuff gets missed. Most folks here, know the benefits of defragging, registry cleaners, etc., etc., and it usually doesn't take the newbies long to catch on. Overall, I believe you have the best strategy I've heard so far and I plan to follow suit. I'm going to gut one of my older pcs, salvage the burners, RAM, psu, etc., clean the hds, put in a new os (I'm stuck with MS, but that's it) and never do anything with it (including the interent) except burn.
Anyway, sorry for the long post, really just wanted to say thanks... :iagree: