First off thanks a million to the person who was kind enough to answer me. It's unfortunately true that a demented programmer destroyed all my USB ports because he was ticked off! But the problem I had with the touch pad has been resolved. There's a tiny button that's left of the power button that was lit, I guess it's not supposed to be so I turned it off and now my touchpad works! But there is no getting around the fact that I need a new laptop. Who's got some recommendations for me? Has to be moderately priced and fast!! I'm very into photos too. Thanks everyone!