Hi, I'm frustrated as all hell, but I'm very determined to get this machine running right considering the time and resources I've thrown at it so far. It's a G4 MDD w/ 1.25ghz PowerPC processor, oem 64mb raedon graphics card, and oem 80gb hard drive. I upgraded it to 2gb of ram. I installed a usb 2.0 card on it, and had to swap out the optical drive because it wasn't reading DVD's of any kind. It has Leopard installed on it right now but is not running smoothly (wasn't with tiger either) and has a bunch of old programs and stuff on it. I'd like to wipe it clean and format the disk, and reinstall Leopard on it since I have a retail copy. To reformat, you have to boot from disc. So here are my issues: Holding 'C' does not work. For some reason, it takes about 30 seconds for the monitor to have any signal. And the light on the mouse comes on and off until about 30 seconds as well.. I hear the chime right away at boot but I see nothing for 30 seconds and then it's the thinking wheel.. which takes about 10 minutes to boot to desktop. So, I figured I'd go into system preferences and startup disk and boot it to disk that way. Nope. Restarts to the thinking wheel for 10 minutes then tells me to hold the power button to restart it in every language. I guess I'd like to know what is causing this 30 second delay, and also what is preventing me from booting to the disc before I go and get a fresh hard drive and/or processor or whatever the hell it needs. And does the 10 minute wait at boot mean the hard drive is shot? Please help! And apologies to everyone for the long post. Thanks!