ok, so i pay a hundred bucks for the fastest, smartest, most clever operating system, and i get totally f***ed. this thing happens where if i disconnect and reconnect to the internet w/out restarting, remote access can't find my modem when i try to open ppp. and when it's in this state, for which the only cure is a restart, it often won't restart or sleep or anything; i have to reset it--that's not right. i've tried rebuilding & zapping and trashing prefs and i am at my wit's end. do i really have to reinstall 8.1? such a defeat...any fellow sufferers out there???