If I'd posted this yesterday, as I'd planned, it would have been a slightly different post. Alas, my LD died last night (charging light comes on when plugged into the charger, but on switch / reset switch / usual tricks do not work) The very odd thing is that if I leave it off charge a while, then plug it back in, and hit reset, it will start and boot 30 secs or so later.... and will promptly turn itself back off and die again 30 secs or so after booting is finished. The usual nice bootup 'chime' is now a short piece of white noise. This started after a crash - so I suspect something is corrupted, and that it's turning itself off thinking the battery's too low (it's fully charged) - anyway - if I can, when I get home this evening, I'll see if I can get it to hard boot and hard-reset it before it dies again. Warranty's long gone. Finally fed up with the crashing, I had just done a hard reset & secure erase (for good measure) the day before, and hadn't reinstalled any software (barring eReader) - and it was still crashing - so I think there was some kind of hardware problem anyway. It does have update2 installed. Another thing - I'd been vaguely aware that booting had been taking longer than it used to. After the hard reset, I'd say it became three times as fast as before (must have been creeping up the whole time I owned it). Is this normal? My suspicion at the moment is that the drive itself could be faulty. Or possibly the battery. Or maybe both. Anyway - love the LD as I do (wouldn't have put up with the crashes this long if I didn't), it's time to do something drastic. As I see it, I have a few options. 1) Buy a replacement LD. I think not - I might get lucky and get a problem-free one.... or I might not. Not going to risk it. 2) Buy something else - looking on eBay now. Already put in a bid on a cheap Zodiac 2, just for the fun of it... 3) Replace the microdrive on the LD with a CompactFlash card. I was actually toying with this idea before it died... but didn't want to risk breaking the LD. Now it's broken, I'm not sure I have anything to lose - and if it doesn't work, I can always use the card in my camera. Touted advantages are greatly improved speed, and a possible reliability boost. Possible disadvantages are that I kill the device for good (now less of a factor) Anyone got any thoughts?