her computer was originally pieced together with old parts, but one by one we've been excanging parts out for newer ones. she has noticed that her keyboard has been crapping out on her, so i guess that'll motivate her to get a new one.
However, once I upgraded to the 8kstacks kernel (it is FC2, remember?), that problem hasn't come up again, so i guess no harm, no foul.
thanks anyway man!