Hello everyone! Thank you guys so so much for all of your help and the time behind the help. You amaze me, I have no idea how you’re so able to answer so many posts with so many excellent ideas and suggestions so quickly (I find myself envious, in addition to amazement)!
Mack - as to your question on the system info that I couldn’t get to - basically when I clicked on system information tab, it gave me the hourglass “wait” symbol for a few seconds and then does nothing, in the sense of the computer still runs but it acts as if the system info button was never clicked to begin with … looking at it now, it may be (?) due to a popup setting or something similar (my husband and I share the desktop computer and there’s always the potential that one of us has changed a setting w/o remembering or thinking to tell the other). Just a few minutes ago, I tried to access the system info on my laptop and it came up with no problems whatsoever … so, we’ll see - I guess the upside is that I’m doing it correctly, it just happens to be on the computer I’m not having any trouble with! Ahh, irony. By the way, when I [I]am[/I] able to get into the system info, what do I do with the info presented?
I’m thinking I may start backing up my dvds on my separate laptop so if there’s a screwup I have only myself to blame.
maineman - a question on the system restore option before I try it, is there a strong chance it could screw up my computer worse than it is already or is it a fairly safe option?
hun - thanks for mentioning zeroing in on the second tab labled ‘processes’ … I’ve done it and there’s a ton of stuff there - like image name, user name, fluxuating cpu 2 digit #'s, and memory usage (what am I looking for in it as it lists so much info?)
also, don’t know if this helps at all but I’ve notice that the wonky numbers don’t start happening until about 3/4 thru the process.
Also, (please forgive) I tend to ramble - I ramble much much more in person so at least you are all only subjected to a smaller dose of my rambling (kissed the blarney stone a few years back and am beginning to think there’s some truth to the blarney legend)
Hopefully, someday, I can return the favor (in computers, not blarney stones!) in the future though I don’t see myself ever knowing more about this stuff than all of you do!