Finnaly. I can stop using my crappy laptop to surf the net at home. Said laptop belive it or not is coming up to five years old. So it has served me well although I feel the mulitple fresh instals of xp plus a brand new hard disk may have something too do with this!
Anyway after many conversations with ebuyer I have finnaly got them to replace the bricked motherboard. Tonight I am going to reinstall windows 7 on the 1terabyte disk I purchased shortly before bricking the motherboard! So fingers crossed the new updated version of the old board that served me so well will be just as good!