Hi Well since the crapstrad was released with the pace its run virtually flawlessly (two failed recordings since christmas!). However the fan is on a LOT more than it ever was on the amstrad. This gets quite annoying in a small bedroom and I have resorted to a)unplugging the damn thing from the wall after 11:00pm (I need a good night sleep!) and b) putting up with it when theres something late on that I want to record. Does replacing the hard drive with the 160 maxtor from technoworld help with the fan noise at all? If it does it may just convince me once and for all to go for one. Cheers. PS atm I am running an unmodded pace box.