Thanx for the info/tips guys.
I think i'll keep my set-up as it is for now. 1004 f/w 047 as it seems to to be fairly stable.
I'll upgrade 'when the time comes'.
Still wish I could back up a DVD to play on my stand alone. I've tried different media and followed the advice in several forums. The ones i've burnt work with PowerDVD but not my stand alone.
I know DVD-r's work coz I've tried pre-burnt DVD-r's.
So it seems bitsetting is a likely option.