Fortunately we seem to be able to get the comp to work as long as it's not connected to the Net, and we're currently (very slowly) copying all our files (80gigs worth!) onto one of those portable hard drives, just so we can make sure we have a backup in case the worst happens and the comp dies completely.
Hopefully it won't be too long before I'm back online! (I'm suffering withdrawal already! ;~P) And fandom - please don't do anything exciting, cos you know how I hate to miss the fun!!
HUGS to you all!