hi everyone. i bought os x when it first came out. doing mostly audio work i was hoping there'd soon be drivers for my hardware. well no drivers came. anyway now that osx support from the major audio companies is on teh horizon i reinstalled os x to get familiar with it. i just ordered the 10.1 upgrade cd today (i wasn't keeping up when it came out), so for now im stuck on 10. first and foremost on my g4 450/768 mb ram the os is pretty sticky. i know this has been somewhat remedied in the 10.1 upgrade. what kind of performance boost can i expect? also, what's with these "desktop folder"s everywhere? what purpose are they serving? can i safely delete them (im the anal type)? also i'm getting a stupid "invalid domain" error everytime i try to send a message with mail. i think it's referring to the domain of address im sending to but the addresses have been right. anyone know what's up with that? and how come i'm being locked out of some system prefs? when i try to change the startup disk the lock to change settings is greyed out although im logged in as the administrator. can anyone recommend a good newsreader that supports the yenc encoding format? oh and finally i have two hard disks, one is partitioned in three (os9, osx, osx storage (mp3s, pictures, movies, etc)) and the other is strictly for my audio files. say i want to erase and reinstall osx on the osx partition without erasing the os9 and osx storage drives, how would i do that? basically how do you format one partition and not the other? whoa i know thats a lot of questions but if anyone could help me i would be most appreciative and i promise to do my best to help others here from now on.....thanks for reading.