Thank you so much. I ended up having to load from boot disk and go thru a non existant update. Dont know, yet, what that did to help it but I'm back, BABY!!! hahaha
Yet again, one day of crap from Linux is so much better than a week of Windows!
I am still learing (hahhha read: know nothing about Linux) but, since I was able to install Linux yesterday (with much probs from Windows), I feel so much freer! *throws yoke of ms off shoulders*
sorry, very giddy linux newbie here.