I agree- it's a ten-year old hand-me-down from my sister, but since it's just for my five-year old to access his reading program on internet so not worth much to upgrade as I'm sure he'll get something new in a few years. Found a used motherboard for $25 on E-Bay which may be the way to go if that's indeed the problem. Then again, the time this is taking me to troubleshoot, it prob won't be long til I follow your advice. Unless I happen on one at a thrift store for a few bucks and want to gamble with it. Thanks.