the driver issue is mostly solved ... i am much more confident firing up a linux cd and having all the hardware work than any version of windows
Probably you installed Vista wrong. Here is how to properly install it: ...
Do linux and mac users share my pain or is this another one of the suck-it-up-windoz-users moment for me, again?
..., you keep wondering why you even want a computer.
Not very long ago there was a bad design in NVidia's GPU. The packaging was not well designed to compensate for thermal expansion and connections broke when heated during reasonable use.