Hi there thanks for replying, I've had the machine for about 4 years but it has not worked for about 2 years now. It just seemed to stop working, there was no power cut or anything like that and while it wasn't used very often it had not been sitting unused for a very long time. The disc drawer closes and opens again when it is switched on and the message "Insert disc" flashes on the display for a short while then the machine switches itself back off.
thank you for your diagnosis aric . one last toss of the coin...i saw on the internet that [insert disk] means its looking for a disk to reboot ...is this possible?