Hi Shaggy - thanks for the response! My iLiad started to get file corruption and I couldn't even open some files. I put it off for as long as possible, but after a while I realized it was seriously wrong. So I decided to flash it. This brought it back instantly to v 2.10. The next stage, where I connect to their network and the 2.12.1 firmware is sent down the line no longer happens now because, of course, there is no server!
So what I really need to do is flash the firmware with a developer's license (which I had!) and get all my old programs working again, like the newcontentlister, mxrvt, fbreader etc...
Glad of any help you can offer me!