OK, my computer (AMD Athlon Processor, 1.25 GHz 512 MB of RAM, running XP) was put together by a buddy of mine in 2002:
I've been encountering some crashes when I have my external drive connected with firewire. Upon updating some drivers I discovered that the NetGear FA311 Fast Ethernet Adapter that I have is apparently incompatible with XP. Is this related? If not, this ethernet adapter issue should be addressed regardless, no?
Again, the hardware on this thing has not been upgraded since 2002, so let me know what I can do here. I don't play video games, but my music collection is becoming problematic.
If there's any more info that might help, let me know. Did I mention I'm a newb...