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 am 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. :bigsmile:
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!