Well, wait a minute...when you got to the desktop, did it come up with a message about no control panel or something like that, 'cause that's what was wrong with me...then after about 5 times of turning it off the hard way, it just locked up at the desktop after a few secs.
vid card: MSI RX9800 PRO 128 DDR TV-Out/DVI-I (can't find it on newegg)
BTW couldn't I just go to the MSI website for the vid card and download a driver for it? What P4 motherboard would you or anyone who has a P4 mobo suggest in place of the one I currently have? Please provide a link as well. I'm probalby a stupid idiot in doing this anyways, but I'm gonna call a friend of my homebound teacher; see if he can help (network technician; appanently knows comps in & out). Thank you very much for the help you have povided.