Hi, Thanks for replying. I tried Linux for the first time with Mint 2-3 months ago. It was all good and I was happy with the ease of use and installation. I have completed all updates and downloaded a number of applications, generally no problems. No luck since this filesystem problem though. The computer has the one linux partition (plus swap etc..). It is a pentium 4 2ghz with 756 mb ram. The harddrive is 80gb ide. I have not tried any other distributions yet. I can do a directory and file listing using testdisk of this partion from a live CD but that is all.