My computer was diagnosed as having a bad motherboard and video. I brought the poor thing home and it is limping along in Safe Mode with Networking while I search for its replacement. Luckily, I was able to start it in this mode and back up anything I missed. Now I can shop with no worries or regrets.
Decisions, decisions. Shopping for a computer is mind boggling. There are so many new models and features it's really hard to compare, contrast, and decide but I have at least narrowed it down to a desktop of a specific brand,operating system, keyboard, monitor, and mouse. Tomorrow I promised myself I would focus and make a final decision on the model (not too hard) and (gulp) everything else: memory, optical drive, hard drive, video card, sound, software, modem, speakers... Wish me luck!