I THOUGHT SO!!! I have pulled a 'cat /dev/block/mtdblock5 > localdata' (actually did it for ALL blocks...) and got a sequence of 8192 '00's followed by 8192 'FF's. I wish I knew what an 'empty' /local looked like... Id try fixing it manually! I know that an 'empty' flash will have ALL 'FF'... but I suspect it is supposed to be formatted YAFFS2... and I have no clue what that would appear as... Havent seen any way (yet) to do it thru mkfs... but will keep looking. Thanks for the info! I think the pad has been like that since I got it... If I could get in there 'deep', the 'damage' might be able to be cleaned. But at least its RUNNING... and pretty well. GPS still doesnt seem to do anything. Now couldnt care less. Noticed that if I attempt to attach my 130gb (FAT32) hard drive, it will reboot. That might be a problem.. might not. Dunno. Other than the waiting for the touchscreen (becoming a thorn in the side), Im quite happy now!