Thanks to you also for reply.
Vaio died? Teenage son abusing Habbo Hotel/MSN/**** Sites. Couldn't access any web sites other than ISP (BT Yahoo!) and then couldn't even read mail.
So, decided to bite (or is that byte?) the bullet and re-install, fully aware that I would be re-formating and thus losing all data.
Have tried to install XP now about 50 times. Even left off over-night just incase Laptop was overheating. This didn't help.
Can't get passed "Installing Windows". As I mentioned in opening thread, I have got as far as 19 minutes remaining, but then all activity stops; keyboard locks; no HDD
activity; Have even tried leaving it in this state for 30 mins to see if it will wake up. Guess what!!!!
Blimey! As I type, it's just managed to reach 10 minutes remaining (registering components). I won't hold my breath though.