I love the promise of this device, the main reason I bought one was the huge power consumption of my current Linux file server PC. I'm reasonably computer literate, but so far I've had noting but trouble setting the d**n thing up: 1. from the first time the NSLU2 was powered up it refuses to recognize my external HDD - it's a 200 GB Maxtor in a no-name USB2 enclosure which uses some weird Cypress chipset (the only reference I could find was the term ME350UCII on the box). Whatever I tried, the setup wizard would give a Format fail error. 2. I'm now at the point where I can at least enter the config utility by booting it up with only an old flashdrive. So I can at least change the most important settings (for now) like workgroup etc. But after re-connecting the HDD (which is recognized - at least, the disk1 LED is on), I still cannot format the drive, even through the config utility (web based thingy) the status of drive 1 keeps reverting to 'not formatted', and the drive log shows the format failed error. 3. The NLSU2 will not allow firmware upgrades... every time I try one I keep getting a 'not enough room' error. Does it need a drive attached to flash firmware? 4. Right now I'm formatting the drive using Partition Magic with two logical partitions, a 2 GB swap and a 198 GB ext3 partition. I'm not even sure if this works but from multiple sources on the Net this is what seems to be on the drive after a succesful format, so here's me crossing my fingers. If this doesn't work I'm thinking of returning the drive enclosure and exchanging it for one from Sitecom or a Maxtor OneTouch or LaCie BigDisk. So, my questions: a) is there a known incompatibilty with the enclosure or chipset (I tried connecting it directly to my two WinXP machines, but in both cases, driver installation failed miserably)? b) is this what's causing the HDD to fail formatting? c) why can't I flash the firmware? All help/advice/emotional support is appreciated!