OK all finally bit the bullet while reinstalling software on a friends 'puter and decided to enter the 21st century by upgrading to Windows XP. Then while rebuilding another computer for another friend decided to build my own HTPC. Ordered parts and pieces(Bare bones kit with motherboard that supports SPDIF out). Installed a new Liteon burner but the cable supplied wasn't long enough so like an idiot I installed a longer cable from previous computer. MISTAKE the cable was an old 40 wire cable all sorts of nutsy things started to happen. wouldn't read software or DVD's inserted in drive even said DVD was Data DVD. VSO inspector said drive was region free tried update using ltrpc didn't work. This morning found additional 80 wire cable I had purchased months ago when getting my old compaq optimized for burning and backing up. Installed and voila drives were properly recognized regions properly designated and all is right with the world except I had corrupted Power DVD and needed to reload software. Lesson unless you totally gork it with a screwdriver and the power on almost anything is salvagable and the little things do count. Don't fear trying to build your own time, patience, and effort will achieve what you wish.