Someone gave me a Presario 700 for doing work on their truck. Its a 1.2ghz Athlon, 20gig drive, 256 ram, etc. Anyway, he thought it needed a new DVD drive because the CD wouldn't boot, or read the XP CD. I found that the XP install was just screwed, so after a repartition, and format, I installed windows ME since I had it laying around. All is going well, until it came to boot into windows. Its doing the same thing it was doing with the screwed up XP install. As soon as the login screen goes on, the screen goes black and wont respond. If I restart and go into safe mode, it loads fine. Is there a known problem with these computers, and this issue? I am trying to reflash the ROMpag, but as usual Hp's FTP site is giving me crap. I'm hoping a re-flash may fix this.... its a nice laptop..