If you do an install from your original panther discs at any time - even if apple release updates for all these crazy problems at some point - you will be installing from the same buggy version that might at some stage have erased your firewire hard drive. So i guess what i'm saying is: the problem with the firewire hard drives won't ever just 'go away'. they can fix it for all the sensible people who've held off buying Panther until after it's been tested on all of us dummies, but for the early adopters, there's always a risk that in some hasty moment, we'll install while still attached to a firewire hard drive, and bingo... all is lost. Again. do you think they'll give replacement discs - some kind of 'trade' - to those of us who've got the scary original panther CDs, if and when they solve the firewire problem?