OPTICAL DRIVE INDIGESTION.
Tonight I have my computer up and running. I tried not to think about the dark screen during the day, with its horrid message that I saw at least four times this morning. The message essentially told me that there was a corruption in my system and I could try following the system prompts using my disks to boot up. After three attempts, with the optical drive sounding like it had indigestion, I stopped trying to be a technician. I telephoned my helpful local expert, who, as luck would have it, was at the end of a phone. " Oh dear... how about if I come to see you about 7pm tonight"... That was absolutely fine by me.
The computer system problem lay in a small area of the registry. It wasn't even a major problem, but it was enough to screw up the automatic booting up of my computer. While sorting out another little quirk that had developed, my screen saver disappeared. It is now back in place, but not before it was reloaded. I shall have to delete the defunct link, but not tonight. It's not important enough to lose sleep over. My computer is up and running, for now, and that is the main irksome issue resolved.
My friendly expert took his opportunity to tell me I should get all singing, dancing, speedy new equipment. I think he got the message, that for now, I am not able to be persuaded. I've got my present system up and running and long may it stay that way.