I realized that I didn't mention this in this thread already. I actually have 2 old laptops. A small Toshiba netbook that I only use for fldigi and d-rats in my ham shack, and the other one I mentioned previously. I decided to try installing linux on the netbook first, since it would only be running those two programs and it would give me a chance to see what's going on. The good thing about this little laptop is that it doesnt consume much energy, and can easily be run by my battery bank in the shack. It's really slow as a machine, but running fldigi for some psk31 is not an issue.