|Jefro and OtheHill--|
Thanks guys. Very helpful posts. I'll find out today or tomorrow if the laptop can be repaired at reasonable cost. It's running the XP Home OS that came loaded on it, and runs dBase programs just fine. After watching Task Master while running dBase on the graphics machine, I'm beginning to suspect its the simplicity of what runs on the laptop doesn't put too much drain on resources, and allows dBase to run larger programs with multiple open databases easily, while my graphics machine has so much running in the background that more than a very few open databases makes it bog down.
Jefro, I like to keep things separated on two machines so if one goes down, I'm not completely out of business. Making the division between graphics and business apps is the logical separation point for me, and I can transfer some functions from one computer to the other when necessary. This plan would have worked, except for some reason, I can't access the data on the laptop's external backup drive either. Not a major issue, as I have another backup that's only a little out of date, but it's keeping me somewhat inconvenienced for the time being while waiting to see just where I stand and if I can get it all back by waiting a bit longer.