Start the operating system from the CD-ROM,
When the computer starts from the CD, the system checks your hardware
and then prompts you to select one of the following options:
To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
Press F8 to accept the Licensing Agreement.
A box lists your current Windows XP installation, and then the system
prompts you to select one of the following options:
To repair the selected Windows XP installation, press R.
To continue installing a fresh copy of Windows XP without repairing, press
Press R to start the automatic repair process.
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Hi Mark - I did 'try' to use the repair facility, however, it simply
returned me to a DOS like command prompt...
I downloaded a diagnostic tool for my operating system drive from the Maxtor
website [www.maxtor.com], and via that discovered some bad sectors on the
drive... they've now been repaired and everything [seems] to be working
fine. Touch wood.
thanks for your help