Hi Thanks for your reply
I tried what you suggested with a recovery disk but it tries to load the files needed then just freezes.
What i did try was try and see if it loads up WITHOUT a hard drive in the machine and it does start loading and asks if you want to install, but obviously doesn't find a hard disk to install Windows on to.
Would this suggest a hard disk failure as nothing in the dvd drive loads when hard drive is in laptop.
Sorry if i tried something stupid but my young son is desperate to get laptop working and none of the other suggested advice worked.
ps: hi Dai, why would i use the Hitachi diagnostic stuff when it's a Fujitsu drive in the machine? Cheers