Thank you all for your input.
And As far as who told me about conflicts with certain HP laptops and installation of sp3, I read it in other message boards so long ago that I do not even remember where.
I had re-googled it and read about a Microsoft 'fix' to do before installing that would help.
Here is an update on sp3 installation. I tried to do the MS "fix", and it wouldnt let me do it. So I decided to take the advise of all and just install sp3. I did, after I made a back up and it appears all is fine. I think it took way too much space on my pathetic 80gb HDD. I only have 22gb left. It has made it a bit sluggish.
But, my system is older and I cant expect it to be super sonic fast anyways.
So thanks to all, I got the nerve to install and all good.
Let me add to my original post. I dont know how it happened, but my dvd drive came back. I wish I could say that sp3 and the updates that came after fixed this,but I honestly dont know.
In any event, thanks.
Unfortunately, I now have a different issue going on with my LCD screen, but I know that this is NOT related to sp3 or any updates, cause it has been going on for a while.
I will post in the correct forum.
Thanks to all
Edited by azyardies, 21 June 2012 - 01:28 PM.