i am new here, though i showed up thanks to the "drowned PC" thread. i'm here from spacebattles.com i'm heavy into computer gaming and networking, and have been working with comps for the last 11 years. as for the problem... 3 days ago i decided to reload my primary machine after 13 months of pretty much troublefree uptime. this machine's been reloaded twice before thanks to a hacker attack which took out the HDD and NIC. i reformatted and reloaded the machine with a clean install of win2k pro (same OS as previously) and right away i noticed the mouse would lag out when i'd open a window or do something in a program... after i installed the sound drivers i quickly realized i had something really wrong, the sound would skip, stutter and periodically have odd sounds (including sounding just "not right" most of the time anyway), so i tried updated sound drivers, no help. even tried updated service packs for the OS. no help. so i reloaded again that night after reparitioning the drive thinking that was the problem. same thing is still happening. and this was a machine which prior had not problems other than being really buggy with replaying video and having a major glitch with a video game (said it was below minimum requirements when the machine is well over the recommended) mind you, i'm running a 4 system win2k network, the other machines are all varying hardware configs, mostly comprised of assorted hardware i got for free, yet they are not having these problems. system specs as follows: machine: gateway select 1100 (modded) proc: AMD athlon t-bird 1100 ram: 640mb pc133 SDRAM vid: nvidia GeForce2 GTS/Pro HDD: maxtor 40gb ATA-100 sound: SBlive HDD controller: promise ultra100 PCI modem: generic NIC: intel 10/100 PCI cd-rom: hitachi 8x/32x DVD-rom burner: iomega 8x4x32 cd/rw the problems in question were not present with the previous load.