though I am not experienced enough to explain why... I do think that you are on the right track with the DSL and networking...since ... you try.. or it happens for me, lucky I have Conflict Catcher... disable Appleshare... restart...see what happens... in my case I get only the main partition folder with all empty folders .. in shrort all I can see is a representation of the directory.. no files it only goes a layer or two deep then folds up freeze restart same thing extensions off...vaguely works but cannot get back to my computer any other way than, via conflict catcher..another extension set that has appleshare enabled.. re-enable appleshare, in my original CC extension set and all is fine again. Has been this way ever since OS 9! <br><br>