Hey guys, thanks for viewing my posts. I'm a total mac noob so i will start out with brief info about me. I was quite the computer geek, i actually hated the simplicity of the macs back in grade 7, and i loved windows and PCs. Now that i'm older and in my 3rd year of university, i'm getting sick of microsoft. Their vista OS that is forced down our throats, even when it is inferior to windows XP. It sucks! it makes everything waaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy more complicated than it needs to be. I was also a little pissed with with office 2007 because they basicly just hired people to photoshop shiny blue buttons and buttons for everything! instead of the simple toolbar they had at the top. Last year at university, i had an HP laptop with the vista OS. I installed this autocad program: solidworks 2007 then the computer would get a blue screen every time it attempted to load windows, so i put in the recovery CDs and it was back in action. I didn't want to install the program again so i was using a friend's program to model, very frustrating, i don't like to be dependant on others. Vista is a bit sluggish but tolerable. I would game on it but then it would overheat and crash. After a week i figured out that it was overheating and it wasn't due to a glitch in the OS or BIOS. So i simply titled it a bit to give it breathing space, and all went well. Then i started getting the ocassional blue screens of death until it died completely. I took it to a technician to fix and he told me my video driver bugged up and has been causing the BSOD. Ok fine, i took it back and wow, after a month it blue screened on me AGAIN and died. So this time i sent it directly to HP and it turned out that it was a common problem with that model. All this time i was stressed, luckily this angel lent me her laptop and i was able to use it instead of my own. Her laptop was also messed up but atleast i was able to fix it, i remember even the internet connection wouldn't work. So much pain, so much time wasted fixing/reinstalling windows/stressing. The laptop was also able to handle solidworks without dying, so i was able to do my work in my own time and not relying on others. I don't want to fix computers anymore, i'm worn out, i just want a stable system to work, for a long time! i hate losing my files, my work! (too lazy to backup, that is my fault). I want a system that will not blue screen every month or so, actually, i don't want to have to reinstall the OS at all. If the mac offers this, then i'm sold. Also, i installed windows xp afterwards, and got bluescreened 3 months later, it was some spontaenous "hardware error." And poof went all my files and bookmarks! So if i would go with macs, what would be an ideal notebook for me? I don't need the graphics/tools that macs offer, all i need is to run the modeling software for the autocad program (solidworks) and some programming compiler for C, because i'll be programming lots as well. If the mac can run these 2 programs without slowing down, i'll be a happy man. So please let me know if that is possible, and if so, which mac book would be more appropriate for me. Lastly, if i install windows xp on the mac (some software i need to use is only supported by windows). Will the mac be able to run it with no problems? what if window yeilds a blue screen on my macbook, i will still be able to go in the mac OS and reinstall windows right ? what i'm saying is that for the users who have both windows and mac installed, there is no way for the blue screen to affect both OS right?