first of all, forrest your av is the coolest s$%t Ive seen in a awhile. anyhoo... I have left the power on always so the 79 stays in modeb. Is it random that winxp will see the 79 if i just open and close the tray enough times? I read a little on chipsets and I know mmy mobo is not via but nforce...could this have something to do with it, idk. But when I flashed my benq drive pp[l told me that nforce wont work to see the drive but mine did. HAd no probs there. I just ordered the the ltittle pwr and sata thingy off of ebay to pwr the 79 and any other drive from my pc and not the 360 (out of convienience), maybe that will make a difference. any dieas are greatly appreciated, thnax.