Or, in the alternative, if anyone w/let me know of any specific manufacturers or models to specifically avoid due to bad reputations? Son's was recently stolen from school (don't recall the mfg, but it was a smaller one I'd gotten on sale somewhere). I need to get another, but w/like to avoid any that have a known rep for problems, breakdowns, unreliability, etc. Would prefer one that does not require any supplemental sw (main use w/be on XP machine at home, although he will also use it on school's computers and there may be some cross-use on a Win98 box - but I can dl drivers as needed re 98). Thanks! m Wanna kill these ads? We can help!