Tale of woe gets much worse:
A mate picked me up on the Friday and took one look at the old PSU and pronounced it D.O.A. - proved rest of PC was OK by plugging in a spare 400W he had ... Yeah.. PC still works.
Went to computer show on the Saturday in Manchester .. bought a brand spankingly new 550W power supply - should be enough for everything I run off the PC (1 x DVD reader, 2 x DVD writers and 4 hard-drives!) .. mate goes to install it and a cable needed by the PSU doesn't have a connector on the board! THis was after him spending an hour wondering what he was doing wrong .. the 400W one worked so why didn't this one etc. etc. In end I left with the 400W and a problem whereby there wasn't enough cables for the case fan (it's a tower case by the way) ..
So I get home last night .. and find that my 120Gig has gone for a burton, so all the downloads over the last 4-months .. a complete TOSEC of Atari and Amiga stuff .. 50Gigs worth of MP3s and a few other odds and sods .. all un-reachable.
Also my damn PC keeps freezing after 30 minutes usage .. probably because there's no case fan.
Luckily I found an exhaust fan inside my old motherboard case, so using the power supply that was for the now dead 120Gig, I'm creating tons of noise and hopefully enough cool air.
Really am not having much fun .. and don't want to cause another lock-up by trying to burn a CD/DVD again.
Grrrrrrr .. damn PCs. Love 'em and hate 'em