Before I say anything, don't be put off because I'm wordy! All I'm trying to find out is the usual, "Is this a good system for me?" and some other questions about the Tecra M4. That aside, I think it'd be wise to say what I'd be using the laptop for and describe the laptop I was thinking about getting. I'm an eleventh-grade student, so college isn't the far off. In the meantime, I'd like to be able to use the tablet in as many classes as I can, whether it's number-crunching in Algebra II, note-taking in AP US History, using programs like Illustrator, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver in my visual communication and graphic design classes, and normal writing in AP Language and Creative Writing. I also spend a rather big chunk of time as a web designer and graphic artist to earn money, and I'm sure that as summer and college get even closer, I'll be doing that even more. Also, I play video games, like Civilization IV. I'm no doubt also going to be watching videos and listening to music on my laptop, and though I don't think I'll be editing these two types of multimedia very much, I do play guitar, so there's admittedly a slim chance I'll want to be able to work with what I make there. Also, though I probably won't be making any insanely intense programs, I'd like to learn to program a little bit this summer, and who knows where that'll lead? Anyway, that should give you a pretty good idea of how I'll use the laptop. Now, here's what I'm thinking of buying: -Intel Pentium M Processor 760 (2.00 GHz) -256MB of RAM (Cheapest option since I'd like to upgrade later) -40GB at 5400rpm (Cheapest option for same reason, but I also might build or make a giant external drive later) -8X DVD Super Multi-drive (Double Layer) -Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG (802.11b/g) -No Bluetooth So, is that a good plan for me? Any suggestions? I'm not bent on getting a Tecra M4, so do you think I'd be wiser to get a different tablet? Now, I'm calling this an interrogation mostly because my sense of humor demands it, but also because of how I'm just going to make it a string of questions. Before you even read it though, forgive me for the somewhat random order of the questions, heh. 1. There's been a good bit of talk just about the resolution of the Tecra M4. Can it be set to operate at 1024x768 and 800x600? 2. Supposing one wanted to upgrade the hard drive, what would the checklist of requirements be for others drives' compatibility? 3. For memory? 4. For graphics cards? 5. For the entire motherboard? 6. The Tecra M4 already comes with discreet graphics in the 64MB and 128MB flavors. With this laptop, is it possible to keep using the discreet graphics and also use some normal memory so as to effectively have 256MB for graphics? 7. The operating system is Microsoft Windows Tablet Addition. What are all of the differences and compatibility issues with this? 8. How do you open the laptop up to do upgrades? 9. What are all of the hardware components that come with the Tecra M4 that can be removed and upgraded? 10. On the the spec sheet, it mentions PC Card16 in the second bullet under "Expandability." That isn't the same thing as PCI Express x16, is it? If it is, would I buy the same cards for this slot as I would for the PCI Express x16 slot in my desktop computer? 12. The way it appears on the spec sheet, I'm not entirely sure whether or not that slot is free. Is this "PC Card16" slot free? 13. When I was researching the Tecra M4, I found that laptopmag.com thought that there was a little delay between the Wacom pen writing on the screen and its "ink" appearing. Is this true? If it is, how irritating is this delay? 14. The Tecra M4 has one of those Trusted Platform Modules. Is it true that the TPM chip hinders performance even a little bit? 15. Can the TPM chip be disabled? Removed? 16. The standard battery is only a 6-cell lithium, and Toshiba doesn't give any other options here. On my own, could I get a better battery for it? 17. Does the Tecra M4 have a "Smart Swap" bay or not, and if it does, what are all the things I could put in that bay? 18. I was looking at the Intel's diagram of the Mobile Intel 915PM Express Chipset. It says 8 USB Ports, but I'm pretty sure that the Tecra M4 doesn't have anywhere near that many. I've come up with a few reasons why it might say on the diagram 8 ports, but just for closure, what's the actual reason? 19. It also says "PCIE Down." What's this? 20. At Toshiba's and other merchants' sites, there's an education section that's presumably for educational discounts, but it appears exactly the same as the regular section, and it seems that only at Apple's site do the prices shift after you go in the education section. How much would a student discount save me on the Tecra M4, and would you happen to know what the best price is after the student discount is taken into consideration or at least give me a recommendation? 21. Heh, any good listings of working coupon codes for that merchant? Or Toshiba? (Had to ask.) 22. What does the warranty not cover and what will outright void the warranty? 23. What should I know about Vista? 24. Would I be smart to wait a little while before buying? If so, what would I be waiting for and how long? I tried to be nice and thorough, but of course, if I missed something or if you have any other advice or good ideas, I'd like to hear them. Thanks for all of your help!