hi, folks, just some lose thoughts from a mean old man.... for what they are worth.... look, i`ve been around for a long time.. i`ve used anything from the original ibm 8086 right up to my present dual core machine. [ which is 6 years old, and absolete..] when browsing this forum, as i have been doing for about 4 weeks now, something strikes me as damned odd..and it is about the good old bios. in the good old days, the bios just told your machine the things that were connected, and how to use them..nowadays, with slic, OEM. whitelists, etc. it is being abused by manufacturers to restrict what you can do, and what you can connect to your machine. after you paid your good money and OWN the machine. you don`t want to be restricted in what you do with it, i think...you paid for it; so you own it.. i`m no legal-eagle. so i don`t know about all the issues, but i do think, that what we are doing here, removing these restrictions that the manufacturers impose, if we can. is an endless thing.. and i think that they should be stopped from restricting what we can do with our machines. that we paid our good money for.......... okay, maybe i`m naive, or old-fashioned, if you so think that is the case; just say so, but for me such restrictons as manufacturers are imposing today, are just not pallatable anymore..