I've not disappeared. Dealing with a pulled back and, today, an update on my logitech cam made my computer have a four hour nervous breakdown. Lost the mouse, the cam, the scanner, etc. Pulled all my tricks out. Deleting the cam, reinstall from the CD. System restore, etc. After all this, each time I reboot from a step towards goal, something is again missing. It's working for now. Tomorrow, who knows??
Kind of like life, eh?
Going to go drool for a while. Can make no logical sense and my back is crying 'pamper me, mama!':-)