The flashing light is that flashing a set number of times, or is it constantly flashing?
What icons are shown on the display, and does it show the time for the programme which has been selected, or a code such as F10 or E11?It doesnt sound like child lock or anything obvious is enabled as your able to select the programme\change settings, which would make me think this is a hardware failure, but want to rule out delayed start\timer is enabled.
It would be worth starting by switching the power off and checking the filter is clear from any obstruction (if you need instructions for accessing the filter please let me know), Secondly I would check the pipes to the rear are not kinked.
Please let me know how you get on.
No problem Roddy, what voltage are you getting across the three pins when the machine is on?
(The leads from the control board)
As you should see a small current across the pins which is made up or earth\neutral and the third pin which is Open.
The 160 ohms sounds like the actuator, which would control the door lock, but the third pin should be closed circuit when the door is closed as that will be the sensor. It may be worth trying to jumper that to the neutral so the washer get the expected closed circuit and see if the light goes steady.
So pins 1-2 must be the solenoid, and 1-3 door sensor.
I would be tempted to plug in 1-2 on the door lock, and then try and jumper pins 1-3 as clearly its looking for a resistance from the solenoid. If you still see an asterisk it would suggest the locking mechanism has a small PCB which is clearly doing something to the input.
E61 relates to the door lock, either it couldnt lock or wasnt in a valid state, which would make sense.
You may find the washer was already in a program state and waiting for the machine to meet pre-check before starting so the minute it saw the door was closed it tried to lock the door, and hence generated E61.
I have only seen E37 on Zanussi models, and they generally mean a sensor fault, so would put money its probably the same PCB used by Zanussi.
Change the lock over and see if that clears the fault, the sensor issue may be addressed by a working door mechanism, otherwise there could be damaged caused to them from being left out in the rain.