Blacklight and Russell: We had a thread on this awhile back. I've had this same problem and we're not the first. At first, it appeared to be something that just required that any disk be in the CD drive. That fix worked for awhile but then the behavior returned, and a re-install didn't fix the problem. I checked in some other Matrix game forums, and it appears in at least one other Matrix game as well. The behavior also appears in the regular game if you select 'Load File'. I'm providing this info so Russell might have more to work with, maybe. My configuration is normal, CD/DVD drives are D: and E:, Win XP SP2. A friend of mine says he's seen a similar problem in machines that are running Microsoft .NET Framework before, and I do have that installed. Just a thought, I haven't un-installed .NET because I need it. Also, I have versions 3.7, 3.80 and 3.90 installed and the problem appears on all 3 versions. It only showed up a few months ago but I don't know what install or upgrade--either H3 or MS--to connect it to.