Thanks for the replies
Phil, the motherboard has its own onboard card.
Othehill, Please see my thread regarding LAN tester & control panel.
Derek, that would seem a good option, but as I am the only person on this machine ( I live alone) highly unlikely.
I am now going to the shed for a big hammer
I have even tried re-inserting the XP disc but it will not regonise it as I have service pack three installed, before you say it "thats the problem" that was install last year some time.
What I could do with is some kind of link that will check for errors registry or otherwise, does anybody know of any ?