Yes, you know the ongoing saga [realblackstuff, if you're there] I think I've said that my so-called repairer passed my laptop onto a proper service engineer, [he runs a legitimate business, not like "work at home Carl" who first had it. On removing the old m/board he found that was a 1000Ghz that had been overclocked, it's specs states Celeron 1300Ghz. I had it new, & no-one else has looked at it, & he says that it hadn't been out of it's case, so can only conclude that the factory workers, [little Taiwanese girls, presumably] were fitting vamped up components [it's an "Iridium"] he also thinks it's a cause of the scorched heatsink that he found So, where do I go from there?, his off the record advice was not to tell the first techie, as he would probably worm out of paying saying that it was the makers fault. Also, I have already sold it to a friend of a friend, & I shall feel guilty, what a dilemma, do I sell it, & not tell? Woe is me!, come on Irish, put that Guinness down, & "do your thing!" Maurice.