Posted 04 June 2009 - 01:46 PM
Hi Guys. Wow, was it that long ago I posted this?? Thanks for your suggestions. Unfortunately, despite giving various methods a described on this forum a try, nothing worked. I also tried The Techguys - aka PC WORLD - through their website and had zilch success, btw, I had already downloaded the Advent file referred to from http://www.uktsupport.co.uk/advent/pc/3319.htm
and the motherboard manual with no joy.
I gave up and bought a new HDD, used the extra two update cds obtained from The techguys site with a replacement recovery cd just in case there had been a disk fault on the original. This was also a good move because the update cds already had the XP service pack 3 installed.
So in my opinion, unless you have a system OS that is not manufacturer installed, and unless you haven't been backing up your files - as we all do regularly of course??, then the easiest and by far the cheapest and less stressful option is to buy a new hard drive and take it from there.
Regards to all and good luck!