This is a real disaster. Just listen to this: I bought a new computer 3 months ago with the following configuration Pentium 4 3.0Ghz H.T. Intel 865GVHZ MOBO(without lan card) 512 MB DDR400 80 GB Samsung SATA hard disk Adwick Lan card(Realtek 8139/810X Chipset) 16X Sony DVD Rom Drive Samsung 17" monitor(773S) Creative 2.1 Inspire APC 500VA UPS OS: Windows XP, Windows 98, Mandrake 10 Good Config?? The problems are many 1. The system takes too long to boot into XP, 50 seconds till the login screen whereas on 2.4Ghz PC it takes less than 30 secs. It also takes a long time to shutdown(much slower than hibernation). This was so from the moment XP was installed on the clean new hard disk. 2. It takes a long time to go into folders that have large sizes in XP and some times it takes a long time to just display the right click menu in Windows Explorer! 3. Windows 98 does not show the last screen of shutdown screen. I have to reboot or shutdown manually(and yes all the logo*.sys files are present and have the default images) 4. When copying large files over the lan the lan connection suddenly gets disconnected. If I remove the wire and then connect it works again but for a little time only. After doing this 3-4 times there is no effect if I just disconnect and then plug it. I have to reboot the system to fix it now. This does not happen if I am using DC++( a file sharing utility) 5. When downloading from the lan(with or without DC++) or copying files from DVD drive, any sound file I play(mp3, wav, dat...) on any player(Winamp, WMPlayer, Power DVD) is jerky with lots of 'interference'. This does not occur when downloading from the net. 6. It takes a long time just to copy from one partition to another 7. My network card is not recognised In windows98 or mandrake My dealer said that the problem was due to incompatibility of Samsung SATA disk with the MOBO but there is no references to such on either samsungs or Intels site!! I searched all over the net on google, yahoo, altavista with no use!! The funny thing is that all my friends at college having the HT compatible MOBO and SATA have the same problem!! I know this is a really big post and lots of problem. I've asked several people and they all know nothing about this so please help!!!