nah it was a faulty motherboard, but the advisors on the phone tried loads of stuff including totally repartitioning and reformatting the hard drive which meant i needed an update cd which they sent but was faulty so i'm still not up and running properly i had to download all my drvers from the web and i will have to reformat again when the new update cd arrives
The BBC is still state of the art in the Eastern Block.
Actually whilst that isn't strictly true, parts of the Eastern Block were using Spectrum clones still in the late nineties. To use for graphics on TV shows. Which is amazing as I didn't realise they had TVs there either.