*g* You are so very kind to not only take the time to investigate, but to offer to help as well! I really appreciate it!
To bring the subject up to date:Yesterday morning I downloaded the 60day trial version from microsoft on another laptop and it was working fine. I decided, on a whim, to try the pix function on my laptop in the afternoon, and while I don't believe in coincidences, the damn thing is working now! *scratches head* Now THAT I don't understand. Even though the computers in the house are on the home network, there's no file sharing enabled, so I don't think one has anything to do w/the other, but it still is very strange!
Believe it or not, I'm actually considering purchasing a new laptop because of other issues I've started to have w/the #1505. However, I'm definitely interested in learning what method you've found. "Knowledge is power!"
Again, thanks so very much for taking the time!