Thank you very much for your help. I tried both those suggestions but neither proved fruitful. I then deceided it was (reluctantly) necessary to reload my whole system.
However, no real surpirse here, the boot disc would not load when the system was started!
Hence in dismay, I got clicking around & I believe my last action was clicking on the icon that had appeared (i), I chose restore defaults & hey presto my cd rom drive returned.
Ok, it is has been renamed e, but thats fine - I just wish I could pinpoint exactly what I did.
Oh well relieve & many thanks for your help & who knows perhaps this can help someone else.
Edited by Des, 22 August 2005 - 07:49 AM.