firstly, thanks for all the replies here on the forum and the private ones. i followed everyones advice
ended up throwing the machine at my repairer and found I had a nasty virus that was eating my files!!! Had to format and flash??? the CMOS??
have gone back to Windows 98 also as seems to be less buggy for me, I now have Nortons systems works and virus thingy and am going greeat guns ..no problems...
Thanks again, for this great rsource and the help herin.