First= How can you find out if you have Acronis Secure Zone installed? (i never created it,but i remember having chosen a 'complete' option upon installing Acronis,hence my doubts) Second= i use a PS2/USB adaptor keyboard & mouse with my HP 8080 notebook. When i use the bootable CD and press F11 i delete the 'quiet' as directed by Support,then i try to digit the 'noapic' one,but i am unable to get the = sign: when i press the = key i get a ) sign in the tab space. Tried with the notebook indigenous keyboard to no use,same ) sign. Shall i just try out all keys until i find the right one or is there a trick? Forever indebted to the light bearer,thanks.