From an e-mail to my son and brother:
"Do NOT try to play computer expert, at least not on your own machine.
Last night I found out what Will meant by the "blue screen of death." I updated my Soundblaster drivers. Very bad idea. It took me hours just to get the machine to start in the safe mode. It locked up in the DOS boot mode. Arghhhh! Finally got it to go by finding a safe saved configuration and it booted. I dumped all the sound drivers, got a new SB 4 card and life is good again. No more blue screens.
Sheesh. If I had to reload all that crap and update everything I would have gone nuts, not to mention all the lost data. Like Will, I also got a 200 gig external drive so lost data will never again be an issue.
I really could use a martini after all that. "