Speaking of Steam, has anyone noticed that it starts like a rocket after the latest couple of updates? It used to freeze if I did anything else while it was starting, but now it comes up about as fast as opening a text file in Notepad. And it's running off of an external drive, too!
... Also, Kario, if you describe your Xbox's symptoms, I may be able to offer you a solution. Not that I don't agree that one should play Source engine games on a PC (I'd be the first to say it if E didn't beat me to it), but the Xbox is actually a pretty good console. It's a shame that Microsoft dropped Live support for it, but hey, they EVENTUALLY dropped Windows Update support for Windows 98. (I don't even know when it happened, but it really pisses me off.)