Thanks all of you who are offering suggestions !! Jenny100
This is what the hard drive light does :
I switch the machine on and the "Motherboard Logo" screen appears.
The drive light is red for a few seconds
and then goes off. But the Logo screen stays for at least five minutes
When the boot up towards the Welcome Screen starts, the screen goes blank, the drive light flickers and then goes red for a short period and then
goes off again.
And nothing else happens for another 5 minutes.
Whilst the Welcome screen is actually appearing, the drive light flickers continuously for a while and then mainly stays "solid" red until the boot up is complete.Traveler
I've never bothered about the System Restore thing because any previous problems with this machine have always eventually been resolved without having to resort to using that.Robert Gault
My techie Son in Law makes sure I don't have too much junk anywhere on any
of my machines but I'll get him to check as soon as he is "available".InlandAZ
Do I just download that HD Tune (say to Desktop) and then run it ??