Alright i just bought this laptop off a friend today and really hoping i didnt just get screwed over. As soon as i got home i wiped Winxp off of it, and started installing untouched Vista Ultimate SP2 x64. At about 3 percent, the hard drive icon went off and i started hearing these crazy clicking noises. At first i thought it was the dvd drive so i opened it and closed again and it continued the whole way through installation to the desktop. Tried installing windows update and it started doing that again, and it froze the whole thing till i took the battery out. The guy i bought it off of had it constantly sitting on a cooling stand so i am guessing the hard drive is f-ed any time it heats up? The noise specifically comes from the hard drive area. Could it really just be a faulty driver? Sorry that i do not have more information because at the moment i can't even get it to go the whole way to the desktop, i am trying to let it cool down. Maybe by time someone reads this i can turn it more on and gather any additional information that may be needed Edit: Ok i was able to get it on again and in the device manager there is still two base system devices that do not have drivers. But why would it be working now? I can do basically anything i want to at the moment. If it was a driver issue i dont think i could really see it working sometimes and not others.