Yus... another computer, lol. Someone elses box.
it's lookin like hardware issues
*** STOP: 0x0000007B (OxFFFFFFADF 5D4 OF 3C0, 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000)
I guess it translates to STOP: 0x0000007B = INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE
no $$$ to spend on a new system, but I'll try that nifty hard drive backup trick Tweegs, gracias.