@Terramex-Yes it is a secuRom thing-the exact wording is "conflict with disc emulator software detected. See www.secrum.com/emulations" I went on the site when I first saw the error but it gave no information on how to do an analysis file so thanks very much for the link showing how to. If Richman's idea doesn't work I'll do it. Thanks very much!
@mciahel-Hi! It was a friend of 7 years I bought it from and he had run the PC for a while (I dont have specifics im afraid) with no problems at all-this is also the first problem I've had with it. Im looking to buy an external HDD when I get paid to put a back-up on there but I'm not keen on the idea of formatting becasue I dont have the windows XP discs and my setup is heaavily customised =S
@Richman-I'll try that shortly and will post again whether it worked or not, thanks very much for the help =]
@Everyone-thanks for taking the time to try and help, It's really really appreciated guys:clap: